I’m ready to face trial if… – Nnamdi Kanu
By Henry Oduah -October 31, 2019
Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that he was ready to face trial if his safety would be guaranteed by the court.
Kanu told Justice Binta Nyako through his counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
Mr Ejiofor told the court that the application to restore the IPOB leader’s bail so that he could face his trial was filed on April 1.
“We have an application for bail filed on April 1, 2019, the application was served on the prosecution and it is ripped for hearing.
“We urge the court to restore his bail on the ground that the court will guarantee his safety when he comes back to the country to continue his trial,” he said.
Counsel to the Federal Government, Labaran Shuaibu, however, opposed the application.
Mr Shuaibu urged the court to adjourn the matter to enable them file the necessary processes.
Justice Nyako, who adjourned the matter till January 16, said the only way he could guarantee Kanu’s safety was to keep him in prison.
She said that even judges are no longer safe in the country.
Nyako had ordered Kanu’s arrest after revoking the bail granted him.
She explained that the court gave the order because Kanu failed to appear in court after his bail was granted on April 25, 2017.
The judge also ordered that trial would continue in the absence of the IPOB leader and directed that a bench warrant be issued for his arrest.