The leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said he will only return to Nigeria to stand trial in court if his safety would be guaranteed.
Kanu passed this information to the court through his counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
Ejiofor asked Justice Binta Nyako on Thursday to restore Kanu’s bail so that he could face his trial was filed on April 1.
He said in quotes: “We have an application for bail filed on April 1, 2019, the application was served on the prosecution and it is ripped for hearing.
“We urge the court to restore his bail on the ground that the court will guarantee his safety when he comes back to the country to continue his trial.”
However, Labaran Shuaibu, Counsel to the Federal Government, opposed the application.
Shuaibu urged the court to adjourn the matter to enable them file the necessary processes.
Justice Nyako, who adjourned the matter till January 16, said the only way he could guarantee Kanu’s safety was to keep him in prison.
She said that even judges are no longer safe in the country.
Nyako had ordered Kanu’s arrest after revoking the bail granted him.
She explained that the court gave the order because Kanu failed to appear in court after his bail was granted on April 25, 2017.
The judge also ordered that trial would continue in the absence of the IPOB leader and directed that a bench warrant be issued for his arrest.