The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja has on Wednesday, affirmed the decision of the Federal High Court, by dismissing an application for bail that was lodged before it by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The detained Kanu, alongside two others, Benjamin Madubgwu and James Nwawuisi, are facing a six-count treason charge the federal government preferred against them at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
The trio had on May 5 approached the appellate court to challenge what they described as “strange procedure” adopted in their trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Kanu’s lawyer, Chucks Muoma had asked the Appeal Court to determine whether the ruling by Justice John Tsoho of the High Court was not an aberration of Mr. Kanu’s fundamental rights as stipulated in the Constitution.
Muoma also sought the Appeal Court to determine whether or not Tsoho was right in making Kanu’s dual citizenship an excuse for refusing him bail.
However, in its ruling on Wednesday, a three member-panel, led by Justice Abdul Aboki, dismissed the defendants’ appeal as “grossly lacking in merit”.
The appellate court held that the lower court was right in relying upon Mr. Kanu’s dual citizenship, as a basis for denying his application for bail.
The court said the chances of Mr. Kanu returning to his other country was high, and that the laws of his other country may prevent the trial from reaching its logical end.