A Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed today, Friday January 29th, for ruling on the bail application brought by the embattled leader of the indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) and Founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Mr. Kanu and two others are charged with treason.
The court on Monday heard legal arguments over his bail application. Prosecution counsel Mohammed Diri argued that the application put up by the defence does not satisfy the requirements of the Evidence Act.
He urged the court to consider the weighty evidence against the accused, including a statement in which he admitted that he was a British citizen; that he snuck into Nigeria without a passport and that he was the operator of Radio Biafra in London, and asked that the application be refused.
Objecting, the defence counsel, M. U. Udeckukwu told the court that the document being cited by the prosecution had not been admitted by the court as evidence, and that the prosecution therefore lacked
the right to make reference to it before the court.
However, a mild drama ensued when Kanu arrived the court premises in handcuffs, he refused to come out of the prison vehicle because of the press cameras.
His co-accused, who were also in handcuffs, had already alighted.
An alternative entrance in the back of the court was eventually found and Kanu was ushered into the court through the elevator that is normally resered for judges.
A similar drama followed, Kanu who was greeting his friend and relative was reluctant to move towards the elevator as demanded by prison officials, pointed warning fingers at them and dared them to hurt him.
We await the court judgment; this is my humble logomachy.
Jeremiah Owolabi is a member of the law class of “18. Esquire is an experienced writer having worked with the Guardian Newspaper and Sahara Reporters. His writing ranges from National, to Unilag, and Faculty politics.