Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday ordered the immediate release of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been detained by the State Security Services, SSS, since October.
On Monday, Moses Idakwo, counsel to the SSS told the court that the Radio Biafra director was sponsoring terrorism against Nigeria and thus should not be granted bail as sought by the defense team led by Vincent Obeta.
According to Idakwo, the SSS had evidence of bank accounts belonging to the suspect showing financial transactions related to terrorist acts against the country, adding that if granted bail, Kanu could flee the country as a result of his dual citizenship.
Obetta, however, told the court that his client’s rights had been violated following his continued incarceration since October, adding that the SSS defied a lower court’s order that Kanu be moved to Kuje Prison.
“My lord, Kanu has spent exactly 90 days in detention today. This action contravenes the Constitution and the African Charter on Human Rights,” Obetta explained.
“We have indeed perfected the bail condition as directed by the Magistrate Court but to no avail.
“The lower court has also ordered that Kanu be transferred to the Kuje Prisons but the authority refused to heed the order of the court. That is why we have approached this superior court for justice.”
Having listened to both sides, the judge adjourned the matter till today. Delivering judgment, Justice Ademola described Kanu’s continued detention as unlawful and ordered his release.