A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, bail on health grounds.
During today’s ruling, Justice Binta Nyako, who presided over the case, said that she was convinced that Kanu was ill and needed more medical attention than what was given to him by the Nigerian Prisons.
She, however, barred the IPOB leader from granting press interview while on bail, further handing a stern warning to the defendant not to participate in any rally or be found in a crowd of more than 10 persons in the course of the bail.
“The first defendant, Nnamdi Kanu, has appealed to the court for bail based on health grounds and it is only the living that can stand trial.
“So I am minded to grant him bail so that he can attend to his health and face his trial alive,” Nyako said.
Nyako gave other bail conditions to include three sureties in the sum of N100 million each.
She added that one of the sureties must be a senior highly placed person of Igbo extraction such as a senator.
The other surety must be a highly respected Jewish leader since Kanu said his religion was Judaism, while the third person must be a highly respected person who owns landed property and is resident in Abuja.
The judge further ordered that Kanu must deposit both his Nigerian and British passports with the court and that a report on the progress of his health must be made available to her on a monthly basis.
However, she refused bail to the three other defendants standing trial with Kanu, namely Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
Kanu was arrested on October 15, 2015 in Lagos and charged with treason and terrorism.