– An Anambra-based lawyer comments on the prolonged detention of Nnamdi Kanu
– The member the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) declares that the Radio Biafra director did not commit any offence against the known Nigerian law
– The lawyer refers to James Ibori’s case as a precedent case
Chris Adimora, the chairman of Anaocha branch of the NBA, commented on the repeating denial of bail to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Adimora shared his thoughts and observation with newsmen in his Onitsha office on Friday, February 12:
“The reasons adduced by the prosecution for refusing Kanu bail is not tenable. He did not commit any offence by having dual citizenship. He can’t be refused bail because his charges are still mere allegation which are not yet proven.
“As far as I know, he continued, Kanu did not commit any offence. They were just fishing for evidence to keep him in jail until they came up with this trump up charge of treasonable felony.
“That he opened a radio station in a British air wave is not an offence in Nigeria. That he called President Muhammadu Buhari names does not amount to treasonable felon but mere agitation.
“He is only expressing and speaking the minds of millions of marginalized Biafrans and that does not amount to treasonable felony as the court states.”
The lawyer summed up by giving Ibori’s trial as an example:
“I must state that the court denied him bail based on the same reason adduced by Buhari during his media chat that Kanu is a dual citizen and we were not surprised that the court eventually came up with the same issue as one of the reasons that led to his bail denial.
“They are just looking for a charge against him. They used coercive power of state to intimidate him.
“If James Ibori could be convicted in far away London and thrown into jail because of the offence he committed in Nigeria, courtesy of the extradition treaty existing between Nigeria and Britain, why can’t Britain extradite Kanu or even try him in Britain if he is granted bail in Nigeria and he jumps it and escaped to Britain?” he wondered.
Nnamdi Kanu has been in detention since the middle of October 2015. He was granted bail about three months ago, however, the IPOB leader is still not free.
The process witnessed the sack of Kanu’s lawyer, M. U. Udechukwu. One of the possible reasons was the inability of the solicitor to secure the release of his client.
During his last appearance in court earlier this week, the Radio Biafra director staged a peaceful protest, refused to have his handcuffs removed.
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