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IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu to remain in DSS custody as court rejects his bail application again

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu will remain in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) as a Federal High Court in Abuja rejected his bail application.


The court declined to grant Kanu bail on the ground that the earlier application he filed had been refused.

Justice Nyako held that the only option open to Kanu was to go to the Court of Appeal to challenge the earlier refusal.

The Judge also refused to give unfettered access to just anybody to visit Kanu in custody for security reasons.

Kanu had on February 26 applied for a fresh bail and predicated his request mainly on the ground that he may not be able to put up a good defence in the charges against him unless admitted to bail to have unfettered access to his lawyers.

He also claimed to be suffering from acute hypertension, acute heart disease, among others.

The federal government, however, objected to the request on the ground that Kanu was once granted bail but jumped and fled the country.

Justice Nyako asked the defendant to proceed to the Court of Appeal to ventilate his anger against the earlier decision of the Court rather than coming back with the same request.

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Meanwhile, the federal government being represented at the proceedings by Adegboyega Awomolo, SAN, is pressing for opening of the trial in the terrorism charges.

Kanu was earlier granted bail on health grounds on April 25, 2017, after spending 18 months in detention but he fled the country after an invasion of his residence by the military in September 2017.

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