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COURT REFUSES NNAMDI KANU’S BAIL APPLICATION

The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed a fresh bail application filed by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.

In her ruling, Justice Binta Nyako said the bail application was an abuse of the court process and an attempt to continue to litigate issues that have already been ruled on.

Ruling out the case, the court advised the applicant to approach the Court of Appeal on the issue of bail, should he feel aggrieved by the decision of the court.

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The judge added that she was not satisfied with the reasons the IPOB leader gave for his failure to appear in court for the continuation of his trial.

The trial judge noted that from records of the court, Mr. Kanu was represented by his
lawyer on the day his bail was revoked, likewise his sureties and he has never been denied a fair hearing.

Ms. Nyako held that though a court could vacate a previous order when confronted with a cogent and verifiable reason, “in the instant case, I have not been given any. neither have I been given any reason to set aside the earlier order.”

She insisted that the IPOB leader must explain the reason why he breached the previous bail that was given to him before he could enjoy another favorable discretion from it.

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Thereafter, the trial was adjourned until November 14 for the report of the Court of Appeal’s decision on the appeal filed by Mr. Kanu’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome.

His lawyer is seeking the order of the court to quash the remaining seven-count charge leveled against his client.

Tuesday’s ruling comes a month after the court declined to release the embattled IPOB leader on bail on May 18.

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