The Court of Appeal in Abuja has affirmed the Federal High Court’s decision to deny bail to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The decision was made by a three-person panel headed by Abdul Aboki, who argued that the Federal High Court was right in refusing to grant Mr. Kanu bail due to his dual citizenship, which the court argued would allow him to return to the United Kingdom to avoid prosecution.
Chuks Muoma, Mr. Kanu’s lead attorney, had filed an appeal on May 5 challenging Justice James Tsoho’s ruling in the Federal High Court denying his client bail. Mr. Muoma argued that the ruling violated his client's fundamental rights and that he should not be denied bail on the basis of his dual citizenship.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, another lawyer representing Mr. Kanu, had earlier described his client as a political prisoner and claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari was influencing judges to convict Mr. Kanu.
Mr. Kanu is facing treason charges along with Benjamin Madubgwu and James Nwawuisi in the Federal High Court of Abuja.