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Nnamdi Kanu Calls FG Lawyer ‘Terrorist’ After Bail Denial

Nnamdi Kanu Calls FG Lawyer ‘Terrorist’ After Bail Denial

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), caused a stir at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday after his bail request was denied. Kanu, detained on charges of treasonable felony, had sought bail or a transfer from the Department of State Services (DSS) custody to prison or house arrest. Judge Binta Nyako rejected his plea, stating his only option was to appeal to a higher court.

The judge ordered the DSS to allow Kanu access to his lawyers, limited to five visitors per visiting day, and to provide a clean consultation area and access to a doctor of his choice. Nyako also warned Kanu’s legal team against filing similar applications, calling it an abuse of judicial process.

Visibly upset, Kanu accused the federal government of violating the constitution and international treaties, following his forceful rendition to Nigeria. He argued that the court should address the reasons for his previous disappearance before continuing his trial.

Prosecution counsel Gboyega Awomolo asked Kanu’s team to restrain him, prompting Kanu to label Awomolo a “terrorist” for allegedly violating international treaties. Awomolo, a senior advocate of Nigeria, remained calm, stating Kanu was being emotional.

Judge Nyako noted that Kanu had jumped bail previously and his sureties had lost track of him. The case was adjourned to June 19 and 20 for continuation, as Kanu’s legal team prepares for the next steps in this contentious legal battle.

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