Lawyer to the Indigenous Peoples Of Biafra (IPOB) and the detained Radio Biafra Director, Mr, Nnamdi Kanu, Mr/Vincent Egechukwu Obetta, has accused the Department of State Security (DSS) of deliberately holding his client in its cell.
He said that after meeting the bail conditions, the DSS had refused to release Kanu, thereby breaching his fundamental human rights.
Obetta said his allegations arose against the background that an Abuja Magistrate Court at Wuse Zone 2, presided over by Magistrate Ahmed Usman Shuiabu, granted his client bail and the conditions were met.
He expressed dismay that instead of releasing Kanu, the DSS were hinging its action on the verification of the property presented for the bail.
Obetta said that Kanu was arraigned in court on Wednesday, October 14 and granted bail.
Subsequently, he travelled to Abuja where they met all the bail conditions but as at Friday, all efforts to let Kanu off the hook of DSS custody proved abortive.
According to him, the DSS said that they were still verifying the documents of the landed property submitted as one of the conditions for his bail.
The lawyer argued that it was an aberration and an indictment on the democratic process for the DSS to still keep his client in its custody and not the prison as the law demands, stressing that it was an infringement on Kanu’s fundamental human rights.
He said: “It is a thing of concern that our client’s fundamental human rights are being violated despite a substituting court ruling that he is entitled to bail. The case of Nnamdi Kanu is a test case of the ongoing ‘change mantra ‘of this administration.
“To me, it appears that the authorities have found him guilty even before trial despite the copious position of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which presumes an innocent until contrarily proved,” he said.
He disclosed that the DSS charge against the Radio Biafra chief at the magistrate court were “criminal conspiracy, managing and belonging to an unlawful society, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and criminal intimidation contrary to sections 97,97b and 397 of the Penal Code.”
Obetta said that Magistrate Mohammed was convinced beyond reasonable doubts that they were bailable offences.
According to Obetta, the bail conditions which are N2 million with one surety who must be a civil servant on Grade Level 16 and above, who must be residing in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja and must own a landed property in the FCT, of which the Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) must be deposited in court, have all been met.
However, the requirement that the authenticity of all the documents must be verified by the prosecution is what has delayed his release. He argued that offences for which Kanu was charged fell within the category of ‘simple offences’ and as such he shouldn’t be subjected to an endless incarceration”.
Source : AuthorityNGR
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