The Leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Thursday, told the Federal High Court, Abuja, that he was ready to face trial only if his safety would be guaranteed by the court.
Kanu gave the hint through his counsel Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
Ejiofor therefore requested the court presided by Justice Binta Nyako to grant its application filed on April 1 to restore the IPOB leader’s bail so that he could face his trial.
“We have an application for bail filed on April 1, 2019, the application was served on the prosecution and it is ripped for hearing.
“We urge the court to restore his bail on the ground that the court will guarantee his safety when he comes back to the country to continue his trial,” he said.
But while opposing the application, counsel to the Federal Government, Labaran Shuaibu, told the court that he was just seeing the process,
Shuaibu urged the court to adjourn the matter to enable them filed the necessary processes.
Delivering the ruling on the matter, Justice Nyako, said the only way she could guarantee Kanu’s safety was to keep him in the prison.
She said even judges were no longer safe in the country.
“Even judges are being abducted in the country. So prison is the only safest place for him,” she said.
She has since adjourned the matter till Jan. 16,
Justice Nyako had ordered the re-arrest of the self-proclaimed leader of IPOB, Kanu.
The judge gave the order in a ruling after revoking the bail granted to Kanu.
She explained that the court gave the order because Kanu had failed to appear in court after his bail was granted in April 2017.
The judge also ordered that trial would continue in the absence of the IPOB leader and directed that a bench warrant be issued for his arrest.