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Biafra: Court rules on Kanu’s safeguard Friday


January 26, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ NEWS and Gossip



 

Equity John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, will on Friday standard on the safeguard application brought by pioneer of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kalu.

 

A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Mr. M. U. Udechukwu, who led the pack contention for the safeguard yesterday, asked the court to discharge him, expressing that Kalu’s asserted offense is bailable. Udechukwu said the Criminal Justice Act, 2015 stipulates safeguard for anybody not blamed for a capital offense.

 

He said the offense Kanu was blamed for submitting, is a common issue, adding that the privilege to upset is ensured in a vote based system. “The privilege to disturb is inalienable in a majority rules system. Individuals must not be prevented from claiming their rights to dissent by method for being kept in care. In the event that national security was a ground to toss individuals into confinement, the Criminal Justice Act would have said as much,” he said.

 

Guidance to the Federal Government, Mr. Mohammed Diri, said he was “genuinely contradicted to this application,” contending that the solicitation did not satisfy certain conditions spelt out in Section 162 of the Criminal Justice Act, 2015. Diri said Kanu could bounce safeguard if discharged on the grounds that, as indicated by his announcement to the Department of State Services (DSS), he is a British native.

 

“He sneaked into this nation. He didn’t enter the nation the best possible way. He might escape. I encourage this court to decline this application and request for quickened hearing,” he contended.

 

Kanu was taken away by jail officers after the court suspended to Friday.

 

Last Wednesday, Justice Tsoho had requested that Kanu be remanded in Kuje Prisons pending the determination of his application for safeguard. He gave the request subsequent to listening to Diri and Mr. Chuks Muoma (SAN), advice to Kanu.

 

Muoma had contended that Kanu be remanded in jail guardianship far from the DSS cell. He said his customer had been kept incommunicado in the guardianship of the DSS for three months. He requested that the court send the charged individual to jail so that his family could get to him.

 

Diri, be that as it may, asked the court to keep Kanu in the DSS authority for security reasons.

 

In the wake of listening to the legal advisors’ entries, the judge decided that the respondent be kept in the care of the Nigeria Prison Service, Kuje.

 

Kanu, nearby Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, are confronting a six-tally charge of treasonable lawful offense.

 

On December 23, 2015, Kanu declined to take his supplication before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, refering to absence of trust in the court. This was after Justice Adeniyi Ademola, likewise of the Federal High Court, Abuja, requested the DSS to discharge him unequivocally, and after a Chief Magistrate court released and absolved him of charges of criminal intimidation and responsibility for society.

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