Nnamdi Kanu replies judge suggesting prison as safe place for him

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Nnamdi Kanu, leader of IPOB [Photo Credit: Pulse Nigeria]

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), has replied Justice Binta Nyako, the judge presiding over his trial.

Mr Kanu, a fugitive, absconded in 2017, at the heat of clashes involving members of his proscribed group and personal of the Nigerian Army.

The warring factions had clash during an annual show of strength exercise by the military in Abia, the home state of the secessionist leader.

The fugitive who jumped bail is facing trial largely bordering on treasonable felony for demanding an independent state of the defunct Biafra Republic.

Although he resurfaced outside the country, the judge who ordered his Re-arrested by revoking his bail, said the trial must continue wether he is present or not. At the resumed hearing on Thursday, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to Kanu notified of his client’s intention to return back to the country for his trial.

Mr Ejiofor who said an application to that effect was filed in April and his ripe for hearing, urged the court to restore the revoked bail condition of the IPOB leader to enable him return to the country for the continuation of his trial.

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The lawyer also said his client will return immediately if the court could guarantee his safety.

The presiding judge, Justice Nyako, said the court can only guarantee the safety of the IPOB leader if only he is kept in prison.

“Even judges are being abducted in the country. So prison is the only safest place for him,” she said.

Replying, Mr Kanu, in turn recommended a prison for the judge and her family members since no where is safe any longer.

“According to Justice Binta Nyako, “Nigeria is NOT safe for anyone, including judges,” Mr Kanu said in a tweet Friday afternoon.

“If in her view prison is the safest place to live for Nigerians, I suggest her family move into the nearest one to avoid being abducted. Nigeria is lawless, confirmed!” the secessionist leader added.