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Buhari doesn’t decide bail, Court does, we shall test the Independence of the Nigerian judiciary on the 28th June – Kanu’s Lawyer

 Buhari doesn’t decide bail, Court does, we shall test the Independence of the Nigerian judiciary on the 28th June – Kanu’s Lawyer The Presi...

 Buhari doesn’t decide bail, Court does, we shall test the Independence of the Nigerian judiciary on the 28th June – Kanu’s Lawyer

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, ruled out bail for the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

He said Kanu, who is currently on trial, was being given every opportunity under the law “to justify all the uncomplimentary things said against Nigeria while he was in Britain.”

This was as he reiterated his commitment to leave office for the next administration in May 2023.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, the President said this at a bilateral meeting with the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.

Buhari said, “His (Kanu’s) lawyers have access to him. Remember he jumped bail before, how are we sure he won’t do it again if he’s admitted to bail?”

Buhari also accused the Indigenous People of Biafra of vandalising oil pipelines and other infrastructure.

Buhari, who stated this in an  interview with Bloomberg,  said although his regime last year began moves to remove fuel subsidy, it discovered that the moves were not tenable.

Aloy Ejimakor, counsel to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, described the statement by President Muhammadu Buhari that IPOB is behind the vandalisation of oil pipelines in the oil-rich Niger Delta region as false.

Ejimakor also said the president's accusation against Nnamdi Kanu of jumping bail was not true.

He made this known on Friday via his Twitter handle, adding that, contrary to Buhari's call, the global community would never declare IPOB a terrorist group.

Ejimakor said, "RIGHT OF REPLY: In the past few days, the President has made IPOB & Nnamdi Kanu his main business, saying that: #IPOB blows up pipelines: Not true!

“#MNK jumped bail: Not true! Umuahia court settled it. The world should declare IPOB a terror group: It won’t happen! It’s not! British Prime Minister openly querying Buhari on #MNK is a milestone. It’s a plus!

“Buhari’s response to the PM on bail is ultra vires. Buhari doesn’t decide bail; the Court does. Independence of the judiciary has a date with 28th June. Otherwise, it will live in infamy.”

We had earlier reported that Buhari again called on western allies to designate IPOB as a terrorist organisation.

“Criminality and terrorism in oil-producing regions hamper production, and it would help if our western allies designated IPOB as a terrorist group, given their complicity in damage to pipelines and infrastructure,” he had said.

IPOB in a press statement dismissed this claim, IPOB described Buhari’s remark as laughable, disgraceful, and propagation of falsehood against nonviolent IPOB.

The last adjournment date of Nnamdi Kanu' case was on the 28th day of June, 2022 for court Ruling, according Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor Nnamdi Kanu' lawyer .

According to his last post on the court adjournment, he said

"Please be informed that we have just received communication from the Federal High Court’s Registrar, notifying us that the Court will no longer be sitting tomorrow, 26th May, 2022, on Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case.

According to the Registrar, this is because His lordship, Justice Binta Nyako is indisposed, and as such, the matter is now adjourned to the 28th day of June, 2022 for Ruling/Hearing."

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