May 26, 2016 – Abuja Appeal Court Rejects Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Application Over Dual Citizenship
Abuja court of appeal has upheld the decision of a Federal High Court, Abuja, which refused Nnamdi Kanu, the acclaimed leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), bail.
Kanu is being tried alongside two other pro- Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, on charges of treasonable felony, conspiracy and illegal arms possession.
The applicants had jointly approached the appellate court to challenge the January 29 ruling of the court denying them bail.
In his judgment yesterday, Justice Abdul Aboki, alongside two other justices, held that the grievous nature of the charges and dual citizenship status of Kanu influenced the court’s decision.
“We have digested the processes brought before us to decide this matter, and having painstakingly assessed the two extreme submissions by parties, the court is inclined to upholding the decision of the trial court.
“Our decision hinges on the grievous nature of the charges brought against the applicants.
“It is even more challenging to grant Kanu’s prayer in the circumstance due to his dual citizenship status. As we have seen from the documentary evidence before us, Kanu holds both Nigerian and British citizenship passports, narrowing the possibility of his standing justice if granted bail,’’ Aboki said.
Aboki further held that “in the light of the above, the appeal against the January 29 decision of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by the applicants is, hereby, dismissed.’’