A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has revoked the bail granted the leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOD), Nnamdi Kanu and ordered for his arrest.
The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako also ordered that the IPOB leaders trial continue even in his absence
Justice Nyako recalled in her ruling that the court granted the defendant bail in 2017 on health grounds, but the defendant had failed to attend trial since November 2017 prompting the court to issue an order directing his sureties o deposit their N100m bond with the court Registrar and to show cause why they should not be forfeited to the federal government.
She therefore, adjourned Kanu’s trial till June 18, for continuation in his absence. The court order was sequel to an application by the prosecution lawyer Shuaibu Labaram Jibrin for a bench warrant of arrest.
In his response , the defence lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor had requested for a short adjournment to enable him give reasons why the defendant was not in court.
His request was overruled by the Court on the ground that the defence team had enough time to adduce reasons for Kanu absence in between the four adjournments granted them by the court from November 2018 till yesterday .
Meanwhile, the court had adjourned the case involving Kanu surities: Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe , a Jewish Priest Emmanuel Shalom Ben Madu and an accountant Tochukwu Uchendu indefinitely following an appeal lodged by counsel to Senator Abaribe , Chukwuma Machukwu Ume (SAN) challenging the order directing the sureties to deposit their bond with the Court.