Finally, the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been granted bail, thus temporarily ending several months of detention over alleged operation of Radio Biafra.
The Federal government considered it as a treasonable felony which should not be treated with levity and he has been in detention since last year despite several courts rulings ordering his release from detention.
His release was based on bail granted to him on health grounds by a federal high court sitting in Abuja.
However, his bail was on condition of providing three sureties, one of who must be a serving senator, a Jewish religious leader and highly respected person and must own a land in anywhere in Abuja. The bail bond is N100 million for each surety.
Other stringent conditions attached to the bail granted Nnamdi include that he should never grant any press interview pending the outcome of his trial and must not be in a gathering of more than 10 persons.
The preside Judge, Justice Binta Nyako, stressed that Kanu’s bail would be revoked if any of the orders are flouted.
Other accused persons were not lucky to regain freedom as they were denied bail. accused persons were denied bail.
The presiding Justice Nyako noted that the charges against them constitutes serious offence against the state.
Meanwhile, it was jubilation galore by members of the IPOB as the news of bail of their leader spread throughout out the country, especially in the South Eastern states where he has numerous sympathisers.
Also, in Yenagoa, a Magistrate court presided over by Penawei Mukoro discharged 44 members of the IPOB.
But before striking out case levelled against the accused persons, the presiding Judge said that the prosecution was unable to establish a prima-facie case against them.
The detained members of the IPOB were arrested sometime in October,2016 while meeting at a popular large lounge/bar at the Okaka suburb of Yenagoa by men of the JointTask Force code named Operation Delta Safe and handed over to the Police for prosecution.