President Muhammadu Buhari has revealed why the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, will not be granted bail.
In statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari ruled out bail option for Kanu, saying the IPOB leader remains a flight risk.
He said Kanu, who is currently on trial, was being given every opportunity under the law “to justify all the uncomplimentary things said against Nigeria while he was in Britain.”
According to the statement, President said this at a bilateral meeting with the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on the margins of the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.
The statement was titled ‘Another term for me? No! The first person who tried it didn’t end very well.’
On notions that Kanu was not allowed to see his lawyers privately, the President said the detained separatist is being given every opportunity under the law “to justify all the uncomplimentary things he said against Nigeria while he was in Britain.
“He felt very safe in Britain and said awful things against Nigeria. We eventually got him when he stepped out of the United Kingdom, and we sent him to court. Let him defend all that he said there.”
He said considering Kanu’s jumping of bail earlier, the Federal Government may not consider granting him such a privilege anymore.
Buhari said, “His (Kanu’s) lawyers have access to him. Remember he jumped bail before, how are we sure he won’t do it again if he’s admitted to bail?”
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