Posted by News Express | 21 October 2015 | 5,109 times
The counsel to detained Biafran self determination activist Nnamdi Kanu of radio Biafra fame has finally opened up, giving details of his secret arraignment, details of the charges against him and the bail conditions,which he declared stringent.
Barrister Vincent Egechukwu Obetta gave the details this morning n a mail he sent to the Onitsha-based International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), which has been in the forefront of the struggle for Kanu’s release by the Department of State Security (DSS).
According to Obetta in the mail made available to News Expresss by Intersociety Board Chairman Emeka Umeagbalasi:
(1) Citizen Nnamdi Kanu of Radio Biafra & IPOB was arraigned before the Abuja Municipal Magistrate Court, Wuse Zone 2; on 19th October 2015 and granted bail.
(2) He was granted bail with stringent conditions including getting a civil servant of Grade Level 16 that has a landed property within Abuja metropolis and in the sum of N10 million as his bail surety.
(3) Citizen Nnamdi Kanu was charged with following alleged misdemeanor offenses: Criminal Conspiracy, Managing & Belonging to Unlawful Society and Criminal Intimidation contrary to Sections 97, 97b and 397 of the Penal Code (applicable in Northern Nigeria).
(4) The matter was adjourned to 18th of November 2015 for trial.
(5) That processes to fulfill the deliberate and stringent bail conditions have since commenced but could not be completed before the close of work yesterday (20-102015) and would continue today (21-10-2015).
As reported yesterday by News Express, Kanu, Radio Biafra Director and Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), was arrested by DSS in Lagos last week Wednesday, October 14, and moved to Abuja, where he was taken court and arraigned without fanfare on Monday. Kanu, who arrived from his London base early that morning, was arrested at Golden Tulip Essential Hotel, Ikeja Lagos, at 10:45 a.m. after the security agents broke into all the hotel rooms in search of him.
Parts of the South-East and South-South were yesterday rocked by protests over his arrest and detention.
•Photo shows Nnamdi Kanu.
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