Efforts rendered by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in order to grant the director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu bail have been fruitless. The Division of the Abuja Federal High Court gave several reasons why the application of the IPOB was not entertained.
Kanu and two of his fellow agitators,”Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwabuisi charged with six-counts of treason were arrested and detained since October 14, 2015. The court said that “Kanu has committed a treasonable felony which attracts punishment under section 41(C) of the criminal code act, CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the federal government of Nigeria believes that Kanu; who operates Radio Biafra from the UK as a means of updating the people in Nigeria with his beliefs and proposed plan to establish a partition between the Igbo people and the rest of the ethnic groups, feels he will continue influencing and agitating calls for succession if he were to step out of detention.
The Nigerian government emphasized there thoughts based on the fact that Kanu has dual citizenship which may enable him to travel out of the country at anytime. Moreover, Kanu was able to illegally install transmitters into the country without the knowledge of the public and may have a way to truncate all the evidence brought against him if he is allowed to be freed.
Justice John Tsoho rejected the application of bail filed by IPOB defense attorney; Chief Nnoruka Udechukwu (SAN), due to the fact that Radio Biafra’s activity is a threat to the security and the peaceful status of the nation which is the primary consideration of every society.
Justice Tsoho thereafter ordered the trial of Kanu to commence from the 9th until the 12th of February 2016.