The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday again refused the bail application sought by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, while turning down his bail application, equally refused bail applications made by three other pro-Biafra agitators, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, who are facing trial alongside Kanu.
At Thursday’s ruling, the trial judge said that the charge of treasonable felony, which hands on the necks of the defendants, attracts a life sentence, adding that it was not bailable.
Nyako, therefore, denied them bail on the grounds that their case was sensitive to national security.
“The offences are serious in nature. I hereby refuse the bail and order accelerated hearing within two months,” said Justice Nyako.
All attempts made by the embattled IPOB leader – since his arrest in October 2015 – to be released from the custody of the State Security Service, have proved abortive.
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Nyako is third judge to handle Kanu’s trial after two other judges withdrew from the case.
John Tsoho, the second judge to withdraw from the trial after Ahmed Mohammed, had denied Kanu bail, remanding him in Kuje prison where he has been for months.
In October 2015, a magistrate court discharged and acquitted Kanu of all charges of terrorism, but the Department of States Services (DSS), kept him in detention.
Also, in December 2015, Adeniyi Ademola, justice of the federal high court, granted Kanu unconditional bail, but the DSS refused to release him.