A counsel to the State Security Service, SSS, Mosses Idakwo, told a Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday, that the director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, had been putting up money for terrorism acts against Nigeria and thus asked the court not to grant bail to Mr. Kanu’s counsel, Vincent Obeta. Mr. Idakwo went on to argue that his client’s matter is terrorism-related and should be treated with all severity.
He revealed that the State Security Service (SSS) can establish this fact by presenting the accused’s bank statement as SSS had evidence of bank accounts owned by the accused person where funds (both in dollars and pound sterling) were reportedly used for footing the bills of terrorism against the country. Mr. Idakwo further revealed to the court that Mr. Kanu had dual citizenship of Britain and Nigeria and as such could run and escape justice if granted bail.
He also stated that the bail conditions served by the magistrate court were yet to be fulfilled by Mr. Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB).
However, Mr. Kanu’s counsel dismissed the SSS claims on the grounds that they were unsubstantiated. He told the court that his client had since offered to perfect the financial requirement by the Abuja Geographical Information System, AGIS, for ascertaining the authenticity of the properties belonging to the guarantor, but that his offer was declined by the SSS.
Mr. Obeta also brought to the knowledge of the court that the SSS had on four occasions set its face against the order of the magistrate court by refusing to obey the said order, adding that an order had long been given for his client to be released on bail.
He added that the request by the SSS to still keep Mr. Kanu for extra 90 days, as provided by Section 27 of the Terrorism Prevention Act, was a denial of his client’s fundamental right, adding that his client had already spent 90 days in custody of the agency as he was arrested in October.
The judge, Adeniyi Ademola after hearing the arguments of the two counsel concerning the bail application, stated that he would examine the matter, marking out Thursday, December 17, to deliver ruling on Mr. Kanu’s bail.
However, the leadership of International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety, has dragged Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja before the National Judicial Council, NJC, over what it described as his unsatisfactory and unconstitutional role in consideration and issuance of a highly controversial and unconstitutional order for never-ending detention of Citizen Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and Director of Radio Biafra, London, in the name of “investigating him for offenses of terrorism and terrorism financing.
Intersociety revealed that the main reason for dragging Justice Ademola to the NJC, through its Chairman and Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Mahmud Mohammed, which was backed by 10 other civil society groups, under the guardianship of South East based Coalition of Human Rights Organisations, SBCHROs, was because of rampage in unconstitutional law and court orders regarding the arrest, detention and extra-judicial detention of Kanu.
The rights group in a statement issued yesterday in Onitsha, Anambra State, said it had also informed the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister for Justice, AGF, Mallam Abubakar Malami, SAN throguh writing, bringing to his attention to the gross inconsistency of Section 27 (1) of the Terrorism Prevention Act of 2011 as amended; with Section 35 (4) (a) (b) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, under right to personal liberty; for the purpose of sending an executive bill to the National Assembly for immediate overruling or erasing completely the unconstitutional provision in the said Terror Act of 2011 as amended.