Jubilation in Aba, Abuja over Kanu’s freedom
The streets of Aba were thrown into delirium as people sang victory songs to mark the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu who was released from Kuje Prison on Friday after perfecting what was thought to be tough bail conditions.
The crowd, mostly young men, yelled and danced in peaceful procession. In Abuja and Owerri, our correspondents reports that enthusiastic crowds gathered in parks and pubs as they joyfully discussed the ordeal of Kanu whom many see as a hero of liberty.
Kanu was brought from Kuje Prison to the Federal High Court Abuja to sign the necessary bail papers.
The process, which took about 10 minutes saw Kanu emerging with smiles from the court in company of his sureties and relatives.
Earlier, his lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, his three sureties, the Chairman, South East Senate caucus, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom and a Chartered Accountant residing in Abuja, Tochukwu Uchendu signed his bail bond.
Justice Binta Nyako had on Tuesday 25 April, admitted Kanu to bail on health grounds.
Nyako, in her ruling said that one of the sureties must be a senior highly placed person of Igbo extraction, such as a senator.
He was also to produce a highly respected and recognised Jewish leader and a highly respected person, who is resident and owns landed property in Abuja.
Nyako ruled that each of the sureties would deposit N100 million each.
In addition to the bail conditions, Kanu was barred from attending any rally or granting any form of interview.
Kanu who is standing trial on allegations of treasonable felony along with three others, has been in detention since October 2015.
Until his arrest in Lagos, he was the director of UK-based radio station, Radio Biafra.
He was charged with criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted conditional release by Chief Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja High Court.
Kanu’s father, His Royal Highness, Eze Israel Kanu and his wife, Ugoeze Sally Kanu, rejected the bail conditions, saying their son should be released unconditionally.
But apprehensions that the bail conditions were insurmountable were extinguished by Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe (PDP-Abia), who said all the conditions had been met.
Abaribe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja, that he and two others had signed the bail bond for Kanu and that they were hopeful that he would be released.
“I came to the Federal High Court to sign the bail bond for Nnamdi Kanu according to the conditions given by Justice Nyako for his bail, part of which was that a senator will sign for him,” Abaribe said.