A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Port Harcourt has granted bail to a pro-Biafra campaigner
He was granted bail on grounds of health on Friday, February 17
The accused, Emmanuel Nnamani was given bail due to a bad eye
A Chief Magistrates’ Court in Port Harcourt has granted bail to one of the 45 Biafra separatists standing trial.
The Biafra agitation is led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is also in custody
The accused, Emmanuel Nnamani was granted bail in the sum of N50, 000 on Friday, February 17 due to a bad eye, The Authority reports.
Nnamani was alleged to have been hit in his right eye by security agents before he was arrested.
The accused was standing trial on a two-court charge of conspiracy to commit treasonable felony and display of unruly behaviour.
The chief magistrate Andrew Jaja also issued a hearing notice to the Rivers state commissioner of police or the state Attorney General to appear in court to explain reasons why the accused should not be granted bail.
“Hearing notice would be served the Attorney General or the commissioner of police to come and show cause why the accused persons should not be released unconditionally pending the advice of the DPP (Director of Public Prosecution),” Jaja said.
The accused were remanded in prison custody while the case was adjourned to Friday, March 3.
Earlier, the Counsel to IPOB, Mr Inalagwu Adoga, had prayed the court to grant the accused persons bail since their case file had not reached the Department of Public Prosecution.
Inalegwu explained that it would be in the interest of justice for the court to grant the suspects bail.
Speaking to newsmen after the court session, Adoga called on the federal and Rivers state governments to resolve the Biafra agitation amicably like that of the Niger Delta issue.
“’The Biafra situation started 51 years ago. It has been lingering on and on. I have written to the federal government for a dialogue to end this matter before it gets out of hand.
“I think it is time for the Federal Government to sit down and call on the leadership of IPOB to discuss the matter,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Ohaneze Ndigbo has warned that most Igbos may soon join Biafra agitation, if the region continues to be marginalised and treated unfairly.