Bi­afra: Court fore­closes FG’s ob­jec­tion on bail of Kanu’s co-de­fen­dants

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

A Fed­eral High Court in Abuja has fore­closed the ob­jec­tion of the Fed­eral Govern­ment to the bail ap­pli­ca­tion by four mem­bers of the In­dige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB).

Jus­tice Binta Nyako yes­ter­day re­fused the let­ter from the of­fice of the At­tor­ney Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion (AGF) Abubakar Malami (SAN), which was signed by one Y. Cole re­quest­ing for an ad­journ­ment on the grounds that the of­fice did not file a counter af­fi­davit to the bail ap­pli­ca­tion by de­fence coun­sel in the mat­ter.

The judge sub­se­quently fixed June 25 for rul­ing on the bail ap­pli­ca­tions brought by Chi­diebere On­wudiwe, Ben­jamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Bright Chimezie.

De­fence lawyers Chuk­wudi Igwe, P.A.N Ejio­for and Maxwel Ok­para had cited health grounds for their ap­pli­ca­tion of the bail of their clients, which the pros­e­cu­tion failed to ob­ject to be­fore the ap­pli­ca­tion was ad­journed for rul­ing.

The pros­e­cu­tion coun­sel, who was ab­sent in court, told Daily Trust that bail is at the dis­cre­tion of the court whether the pros­e­cu­tion filed an ob­jec­tion or not. He said what was im­por­tant is for the trial to go on.

The de­fen­dants, whose cases were sep­a­rated from the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu (who is said to be at large) are fac­ing three count-charges of trea­son­able felony of set­ting up il­le­gal broad­cast sta­tions in UK and Nige­ria for the se­ces­sion of the South East, South South and parts of Benue and Kogi states from Nige­ria.

They are also charged with il­le­gal im­por­ta­tion of ra­dio trans­mit­ter, and un­law­ful pos­ses­sion of firearms.

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