Hope rises for Kanu’s bail as court schedules emergency hearing

Reprieve may come the way of the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, as he will appear before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, the IPOB leader’s Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, has revealed.

Ejimakor said that the court granted an abridgement of time after a motion was filed by his client.

Ex-Abia State governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu had met the embattled IPOB leader earlier in the week in detention at the DSS facility.

Justice Nyako had on November 10, 2021, adjourned the trial of Kanu till January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial.

But the court granted an abridgement of time after a motion was filed in that respect.

“There will be a hearing tomorrow. It wasn’t scheduled before. The court granted our motion for abridgement of time,” Ejimakor said.

Kanu, had been arrested in 2017 for demanding the secession of the South-East zone from the Nigerian State.

However, he jumped bail in June 2018 before leaving for the United Kingdom, though he said that he fled because his life was no longer safe in Nigeria.

After about three years abroad, Malami at a press briefing in Abuja on June 29, 2021, announced that the IPOB leader was re-arrested in a foreign country and extradited to Nigeria.

Some respected Igbo elders, led by Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, had recently visited the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) in Aso Rock and requested the unconditional release of the detained secessionist leader.

Buhari had told them he would not want to interfere in the running of the judiciary but said he would consider their demand though “a heavy one.

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