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Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Application Rejected Over Dual Citizenship

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail Application Rejected Over Dual Citizenship

Abuja court of appeal has upheld the de­cision of a Federal High Court, Abuja, which re­fused Nnamdi Kanu, the acclaimed leader of In­digenous People of Biafra (IPOB), bail.

Kanu is being tried alongside two other pro- Biafra agitators, Benja­min Madubugwu and Da­vid Nwawuisi, on charges of treasonable felony, conspiracy and illegal arms possession.

The applicants had jointly approached the appellate court to chal­lenge the January 29 rul­ing of the court denying them bail.

In his judgment yesterday, Justice Abdul Aboki, alongside two other jus­tices, held that the griev­ous nature of the charges and dual citizenship sta­tus of Kanu influenced the court’s decision.

“We have digested the processes brought before us to decide this matter, and having painstakingly assessed the two extreme submissions by parties, the court is inclined to upholding the decision of the trial court.

“Our decision hinges on the grievous nature of the charges brought against the applicants.

“It is even more chal­lenging to grant Kanu’s prayer in the circum­stance due to his dual citizenship status. As we have seen from the docu­mentary evidence before us, Kanu holds both Nige­rian and British citizen­ship passports, narrow­ing the possibility of his standing justice if granted bail,’’ Aboki said.

Aboki further held that “in the light of the above, the appeal against the January 29 decision of the Federal High Court, Abuja, by the applicants is, hereby, dismissed.’’

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