Kanu's outrageous bail condition shouldn't deter him from freedom fighting - NBA chieftain

www.odogwublog.com reports that a legal practitioner in Onitsha, Anambra state and immediate past Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, Idemili branch, Ben Okoko, has urged the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu not to be deterred by the recent outrageous bail conditions handed to him, by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

He said as a freedom fighter, if the bail conditions could deter him from continuing with the struggle for self determination of his people, which is recognized under both the United Nations Charter and other international laws, then his tormentors would have succeeded in winning their intention to stop him from his efforts to restore Biafra.

In an interview with newsmen yesterday, Okoko who is also the representative of National Executive Committee, NEC of NBA, Idemili branch, noted that freedom fighters all over the world are more or less like political prisoners and as such, Kanu should not chicken out or relent in fighting the course for the freedom of his people.

He described the bail conditions as outrageous as they were, adding that some aspects of them were unconstitutional and in breach of his fundamental rights to freedom of association, freedom of movement and freedom speech.

According to the NBA chieftain, "The aspect restricting him from being in company of more than 10 persons, from traveling or from granting press interviews and the aspect of mandating him to call a Jewish leader are so discriminatory and strange that they are tantamount to setting a dangerous precedence".

"Though, we thank God that he was granted bail at last, otherwise the essence of bail is to release the defendant or accused to his friends and relations to enable him attend to his trials, Okoko further stated, adding, besides, asking his sureties to deposit a particular amount to the tune of N100 million each is preposterous and designed to be a mission impossible, as if the bail was not granted in the first place".

He said it smacked off acting out a script from the federal government which is a negation of the independence of the judiciary and as such, very unhealthy for our nascent democracy, stressing that it should never be used as a precedence or yard stick in future, no matter how grievous such an offence might look like, provided it is a bailable offence.
Kanu's outrageous bail condition shouldn't deter him from freedom fighting - NBA chieftain Kanu's outrageous bail condition shouldn't deter him from freedom fighting - NBA chieftain Reviewed by Ibenta Chukwudi on Thursday, May 04, 2017 Rating: 5

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