A federal judge, Binta Nyako, Thursday rejected application for bail for leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, and three other accused persons, namely Benjamin Nmadubugwu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and David Nwawusi.
Nyako, in her ruling, said Kanu and others alleged offence of treasonable felony bothers on threat to national security was not entirely bailable, and attracts life imprisonment.
Nyako also ruled on claim by Kanu’s counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, that President Muhammadu Buhari made a statement on national TV tacitly declaring the IPOB leader guilty of the offence.
The judge said: “The president has freedom of speech; he can express his opinion on any matter.”
Nyako is third judge to handle Kanu’s trial after two other judges withdrew from the case.