Keep your bail; Kanu, family reject tough bail; Nigerians condemn introduction of Jewish leader as surety
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB,has rejected the bail granted him on Tuesday, insisting to rather die in detention if his colleagues were not granted bail too. He opted to stay back in jail if his colleagues were not freed.
His position was further strengthened by his father, His Royal Highness, Eze Israel Kanu, his wife Ugoeze Sally Kanu, who also rejected the bail conditions given by Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja High Court to free their son. According to them, Kanu should be released unconditionally. Both the father and the mother, Ugoeze Sally and their daughter Chinwe, faulted Justice Binta Nyako for the bail condition given to Kanu.
Speaking to reporters at Isiama Afaraukwu, Umuahia North Council, Eze Israel Kanu said while the family was happy over the bail granted their son, they rejected the bail condition, saying that the conditions attached to it was not necessary. Many other Nigerians have joined to condemn the tough and strange bail conditions
According to the monarch, “the bail conditions were like giving something with one hand and taking it with the other hand.
“The IPOB leader must be set free without any condition attached. “The federal government should release my son unconditionally. The world should judge if the bail conditions are proper”, the monarch said.
The condition were: Provision of a highly respected and recognized Jewish leader as a surety to deposit N100million; Provision of a highly placed person of Igbo extraction such as a Senator”, as well as “a highly respected person who resides and owns landed property in Abuja; Disassociation from rally and group exceeding 10 persons; Non-granting of press interviews etc. According to the judge non-adherence to these conditions would warrant a re-arrest of the IPOB leader.
The judge has also attracted the wrath of Nigerians on social media who condemned the difficult conditions. They wondered the link between Kanu and the surety of a Jewish leader as one of the bail conditions.