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Biafra: Court Refuses Kanu’s Application For Release Of His Passport


By Abdul Gaffar Bello

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Tuesday refused the application of the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biaf‎ra, Nnamdi Kanu, requesting the release of his Nigeria and British passports.

The documents have been in possession of the Department of State Service (DSS), following the suspect’s arrest in a Lagos Hotel in October 2015. Kanu is being held and facing trial over running of illegal radio station; possession of firearms and treasonable felony.

In his ruling, Justice James Tsoho dismissed on want of merit, Kanu’s moral application made by his Counsel, Mr. Chuks Muouma (SAN). The Lawyer sought the release of the documents, on the ground that they were not requested by the prosecution as they were not listed as part of possible exhibits to be tendered.

The Jurist held that the fact that the items were not listed alongside possible exhibits, did not suggest that they would not be requested for later, by the prosecution as exhibits.

‎Kanu’s Counsel in addition, is also seeking for the release of the sum of $2,200 and N87,000 – cash belonging to him.

However, Justice Tsoho granted the accused prayer with respect to making his family members and relations to have access to the court room after security screening and in line with the space of the court room.

Hearing on the case has been adjourned till February 19, 2016.

The IPOB Leader is being prosecuted with two other suspects, including David Nwawusi and Benjamin Madubugwu.

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