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JUST IN: Court refuses Nnamdi Kanu bail, asks him to explain why he fled Nigeria

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A federal high in Abuja has refused to grant bail to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Kanu was re-arraigned on an amended 15-count charge bordering on treasonable felony.

However, on April 8, Binta Nyako, the judge, struck out eight out of the 15-count charge.

While counts 6,7,9,10,11,12,13 and 14 were struck out, the defendant is to stand trial on counts 1,2,3,4,5,8 and 15.

Mike Ozekhome, Kanu’s lead counsel, moved an application for bail.

Ozekhome said: “Until a person is tried and convicted, he should be allowed to walk free.”

He reminded the court that a defendant ought to enjoy the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.

He begged the court to consider the deteriorating health condition of the defendant.

Ruling on the bail application on Wednesday, the judge held that “the application is premature and refused with liberty to refile and reapply”.

Nyako recalled that she granted the defendant bail in April 2017 after which he jumped bail.

She said until the defendant addresses the court on why he jumped bail for over four years, she will not grant any bail application.

She advised parties to allow the trial go on.

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JUST IN: Court dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s fresh bail application

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A federal high court in Abuja has dismissed an application for bail filed by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Binta Nyako, the judge, in her ruling on Tuesday, described the application as an abuse of court process having been previously denied.

Kanu was re-arraigned on an amended 15-count charge bordering on treasonable felony.

However, on April 8, the judge struck out eight of the 15-count charge.

While counts 6,7,9,10,11,12,13 and 14 were struck out, the defendant is to stand trial on counts 1,2,3,4,5,8 and 15.

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JUST IN: Justice Tanko Muhammad resigns as CJN

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Justice Tanko Muhammad has resigned as the Chief Justice of Nigeria.

Citing sources, Channels Television confirmed that he resigned on Sunday night on the grounds of ill-health.

When contacted, the Special Adviser on Media and Communication to CJN, Ahuraka Yusuf Isah, said, “All I know is that he’s going to declare open a workshop this morning at the NJI (National Judicial Institute).”

Other attempts to reach close associates of the CJN, such as Dr Mike Ozekhome (SAN), proved abortive as they didn’t take their calls.

Following his resignation, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola will be the next Acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, following Senate’s confirmation.

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JUST IN: UK court remands Ekweremadu in custody till July 7

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Ike Ekweremadu, former deputy senate president, and his wife, Beatrice, have been remanded in custody in the United Kingdom.

On Thursday, the UK metropolitan police announced that Ekweremadu and his wife were charged to court over the allegation of bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.

The UK metropolitan police said the duo were charged following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.

The couple appeared before Uxbridge magistrate court on Thursday.

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