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UPDATE: Court dismisses fresh bail application for Nnamdi Kanu, adjournes till November 14

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Tuesday dismissed a fresh application for bail by the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

The application was filed pending the determination of the treasonable felony charge against him by the Federal Government.

Kanu, who is currently facing a seven-count charge, had in the application he filed through his team of lawyers led by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), also challenged the revocation of the bail the court earlier granted to him.

He asked the court to set aside the order it made on March 28, 2019, which not only issued a bench warrant for his arrest, but also gave FG the nod to try him in absentia.

While contending that he was denied a fair hearing before his bail was revoked, Kanu attached eight exhibits that included photographs, as well as an affidavit he deposed from Isreal, after he fled from the country.

Meanwhile, dismissing the bail request on Tuesday, Justice Binta Nyako said she was not satisfied with the reason the IPOB leader gave for his failure to appear in court for the continuation of his trial.

The trial judge noted that from records of the court, Kanu was represented by his lawyer on the day his bail was revoked, likewise his sureties.

"In fact, he sureties told the court that they did not know the whereabouts of the Defendant and even applied to be discharged from the matter.

"Therefore, Defendant was not denied a fair hearing".

Justices Nyako also held that though a court could vacate a previous order when confronted with a cogent and verifiable reason, "in the instant case, I have not been given any, neither have I been given any reason to set aside the order.

"The present application amounts to an abuse of court process for attempting to relitigate an issue already decided by the court.

"If the Defendant is dissatisfied, he has the Appeal Court to go to. This application is accordingly dismissed", Justice Nyako said.

Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned till November 14 for mention, to await the outcome of Kanu's appeal.

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