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Lawyers speak on fed govt’s move to revoke Kanu’s bail

Lawyers speak on fed govt’s move to revoke Kanu’s bail
Some Nigerian lawyers have reacted to the recent demand by the federal government for the revocation of the bail granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

In a telephone interview on Saturday, the lawyers said the decision of the government to seek the revocation of Mr. Kanu’s bail is not against the law.
They, however, added that there is a need for caution to be exhibited by the court, in handling the matter.
The Nigerian government is demanding the revocation of Mr. Kanu’s bail following an alleged violation of his bail conditions.
In a statement from the Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, signed by his aide, Salihu Isah, Mr. Kanu was accused of addressing a crowd of more than 10 people, granting various media interviews, making separatist comments, and introducing the Biafra Security Service, among other accusations.
The application which was made pursuant to sections 169 and 173 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, ACJA was regarded as ‘legally inappropriate’ by Mr. Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
Mr. Ejiofor hinged his stance on the grounds that the sections of law cited by the prosecution do not empower them to seek the revocation of Mr. Kanu’s bail until parties have all been given the right of fair hearing.
He added that said bail conditions have been challenged by his client hence the allegation of “non-compliance is belated.”
According to Mr. Ejiofor, the essence of bail is to allow a defendant attend his trial and Mr. Kanu is fully prepared to face trial.
Reacting to the situation a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Akinolu Kehinde, said the attendance of a defendant to trial is ‘just a general rule’, not the only purpose of bail.
“No, that is just the general rule. If the defendant goes ahead to do anything that will affect his case, like doing some of those things that led to his trial: his bail can be revoked.
“Bail is at the discretion of the court, but everything about life is cause and effect. If the revocation of his bail is the effect of his action, it’s like putting your hand in the fire: if you do that, the effect is that your hands will be burnt,” Mr. Akinolu said.

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