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JUST IN: Court turns down Kanu’s bail request, relocation from DSS custody

By News Desk

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed two applications brought before it by the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

In the two applications presented before the court, Kanu requested that he should be granted bail after spending many months in detention.

The IPOB leader appealed that if the bail cannot be granted by the court, it should rule be transferred from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS), where he is currently held, to Kuje prison.

Ruling on application Monday, Justice Binta Nyako held that issues raised in both applications had earlier been pronounced on by her court and rejected.

Nyako held that she found as a fact that Kanu jumped the bail earlier granted to him and escaped from the country.

The judge noted that those, who stood surety for Kanu when the earlier bail was granted, later applied to be discharged and were discharged because they could not locate Kanu and did not know his whereabouts.

She held that the only option opened to Kanu was for him to approach the Court of Appeal on the issues.

Nyako rejected the argument by defence lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, that the Supreme Court held that the earlier bail granted him ought not to have been revoked.

The judge held that she perused the said judgment of the Supreme Court, but could not locate the claim made by the defence lawyer.

Jolted by the judge’s pronouncement, Kanu began to shout from the dock and protested that he would not stand trial before any court in Nigeria.

According to Kanu, any attempt to put him on trial would amount to a breach of Nigeria’s Constitution and international laws.

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