FOLLOWING the dismissal of the application for bail by the detained leader of the Proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPoB) by the Federal High Court ,sitting in Abuja, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, today, the IPoB leader, Nnamdi Kanu has appealed for calm among his supporters.
Justice Binta Nyako, in her ruling, said the suit was a gross abuse of the court process and an attempt to continue to litigate on issues that have already been ruled on.
She, however, advised the applicant to approach the Court of Appeal on the issue of bail, should he feel aggrieved by the decision of the court.
The trial judge stated that since the ruling in July 2017, when Kanu was granted bail till date, the suit has suffered 15 adjournments and the matter has yet to enter a substantive hearing.
She added that she was not satisfied with the reason the IPOB leader gave for his failure to appear in court for the continuation of his trial.
Justice Nyako stated that from the records of the court, Kanu was represented by his lawyer on the day his bail was revoked, likewise his sureties and he has never been denied a fair hearing.
She held that a court could vacate a previous order when confronted with a cogent and verifiable reason.
She insisted that the IPoB leader must explain the reason why he breached the previous bail that was given to him before he could enjoy another favourable discretion from it.
Justice Nyako adjourned the case of the pro-Biafra activist till November 14, 2022, pending the determination of the Appeal Court.
Speaking within the court premises, Kanu urged the entire region to remain peaceful, pointing out that he is fighting to defend the people and not kill them, even as he vowed that he and his team would not relent until victory is achieved.
“It is what we expect. But I want our people to be very calm. I want Biafranland to be calm, calm, and very peaceful. We are fighting to defend our people, not to kill them.
“We are fighting to defend them, that’s why I’m here. And we will continue to do so until we get victory.”
It was gathered that Nnamdi Kanu’s legal team will approach the Court of Appeal following his bail denial by the High Court.