The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has been
released from the Kuje Prison in Abuja after meeting the bail
conditions granted him by a Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday, says
his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
Ejiofor said his client met all outstanding conditions on Friday and was
released shortly after all necessary documents were signed by the trial
“Nnamdi Kanu left the prison at about 5pm after meeting the bail conditions,” Ejiofor told a Punch correspondent on the telephone.
The judge said she decided to release Kanu from custody on health grounds.
The judge, however, barred the IPOB leader from granting press interview while on bail.
The judge also gave a stern warning to the defendant not to participate
in any rally or be found in a crowd of more than 10 persons in the
course of the bail.
Justice Nyako ordered that she must be given monthly report on the defendant’s health status.
She, however, refused the separate bail applications filed by the IPOB
leader’s co-defendants. The accused persons charged along with Kanu and
who were denied bail by the judge were the National Coordinator of IPOB,
Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe; an IPOB member, Benjamin Madubugwu; and a
former Field Maintenance Engineer seconded to the MTN, David Nwawuisi.
After the judge struck out six out of the 11 counts preferred against
the defendants on March 1, 2017, the defendants are left with five
charges, including conspiracy to commit treasonable felony by allegedly
conspiring among themselves to broadcast on Radio Biafra agitating for
the secession of Republic of Biafra from Nigeria.
They were also accused of treasonable felony, improper importation of
goods, illegal possession of firearms and publication of defamatory
matter by allegedly referring to the then Maj-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari
(retd.) and now President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a
“paedophile, a terrorist, an idiot, and an embodiment of evil” in a
broadcast on Radio Biafra on April 28, 2015.