The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has been granted bail, the first by a Nigerian court since the commencement of his trial.
Kanu and three others are charged with treason, among other charges, but they pleaded not guilty.
Presiding judge, Binta Nyako, who had earlier struck out 6 of the initial 11 charges against the defendants, granted Kanu bail on Tuesday, on very stringent conditions, in order for him to attend to his ailing health condition.
The bail conditions stipulates that the IPOB leader must produce three sureties with N100 million each.
According to Justice Nyako, the three sureties must include a “highly respected and recognised jewish leader”, a “highly placed person of Igbo extraction such as a Senator”, as well as “a highly respected person who is resident and owns landed property in Abuja”.
Justice Nyako also barred him from being seen among a crowd of more than 10 people.
“I must stress it here that the defendant must not attend any rally. He must not be in a crowd exceeding 10 persons. No interviews and no rallies,” She warned.
The judge also held that Kanu must sign an undertaken pledging to make himself available for trial at all times, as well as surrender his Nigerian and British international passports to the court.
Nyako on the other hand ordered the federal government to return to the IPOB leader, his wedding ring and reading glasses.
However, Kanu’s co-defendants, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi were not granted bail, while Justice Nyako adjourned the case to July 11 and 12 for commencement of trial.
Meantime, Kanu will remain in Kuje Prison pending perfection of his bail conditions.
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State had made a dramatic appearance at the federal high court Abuja on Tuesday, garbed in a traditional Igbo cap, saying he came to show solidarity for Kanu, whom he claims was being illegally held in detention by the federal government.
Kanu was arraigned on November 23, 2015 in the court for the first time on charges of “criminal conspiracy, intimidation and membership of an illegal organisation” by the Department of State Security, DSS.