The Judge of the Federal high court Abuja Binta Nyako has once again dismissed the Bail request filed by the Leader of the indigenous people of Biafra Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, today being 28 June 2022.
Kanu who has been facing seven count charges at the high court for 1 years plus now has been denied bail for a second time .
Ruling on Tuesday, the judge, Binta Nyako, held that Mr Kanu’s second bail request amounts to an abuse of court process, after a similar application was rejected on May 18.
“The present application amounts to an abuse of court process for attempting to relitigate an issue already decided by the court.”
Mrs Nyako had revoked the IPOB leader and asked him to give reasons for his absence from court since 2017.
PREMIUM TIMES reported that the court had ordered Mr Kanu’s arrest in March 2019 after adjudging him to have jumped bail.
The arrest order came months after the IPOB leader fled the country in the wake of the invasion of his home by soldiers in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State, in September 2017.
Justifying his client’s escape from the country, Mr Kanu’s lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome, had argued that the IPOB leader’s absence from court was as a result of the invasion of his home by the Army.
“During the invasion of Mr Kanu’s home, 28 people were mowed down by the military; forcing to run for his life,” Mr Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) had told the judge.
Mr Kanu’s disappearance stalled his trial which he was jointly undergoing along with his co-defendants. With the development, the judge, on March 28, 2018, severed his trial from that of other co-defendants to stop further delay in the others’ case.
Mr Kanu, a citizen of both Nigerian and Britain, was believed to have moved to Israel and later to the United Kingdom after leaving Nigeria.