By Livingrich Ezeikpe (Abia Writers) 
May 11, 2017  

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; IPOB Leader, praying at the Cenotaph site in Enugu after his bail from Kuje Prison
The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on Friday the 28th of April 2017 by about 6:40 pm regained his freedom after perfecting all the bail conditions attached as prescribed by the trial judge Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja. 

Mazi Kanu who arrived the high court premises around 6:20pm of that day in a black Toyota jeep with registration number ABC-46-MU, was according to a source said to have been formally released to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe of Abia state; a Jewish High Chief Priest, by name, Immanuu-El Shalom and a Chartered Accountant residing in Abuja, Mr. Tochukwu Uchendu.

Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor and the three sureties were said to have been at the high court registry earlier in the day to sign the necessary bail documents.

However, following an order of the Judge, the IPOB leader was said to have been brought back to the court from Kuje prison to sign an undertaken that he would be available to answer to the five-count charge the Federal Government entered against him.

No sooner Kanu was formally released by the court and allowed to go by the prison officials, than he was received by a jubilant crowd including his relatives. The number of people that struggled to take photograph with him at the court premises was reported to have exceeded 10 in number. 

“I feel good that at the end of the day we were able to effect his release from incarceration and we believe that going forward, we will be able to properly address and resolve issues behind his agitation”, Senator Abaribe told newsmen.

It will be recalled that Kanu who had been in detention since October 14, 2015, secured bail from the high court on Tuesday April 25, 2017. Justice Binta Nyako said her decision to release Mazi Kanu, who is the 1st of the three defendant before the court, on bail was based on health grounds. She cited an affidavit that was attached to the bail application Kanu filed through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor. Specifically, the court held that Kanu must produce three sureties, including a “highly respected and recognised jewish leader”. 

This very condition was informed by the confession of Mazi Kanu, who was said to have told the judge that he was a Jew, when asked to tell the court the religion he believes in:

“My lord I believe in Judaism”, Kanu replied from the dock.

“So you are a Jew then?”, the Judge queried.

“Yes I am a Jew”, Kanu maintained.

“Good. In that case, one of the sureties must be a highly respected and recognised Jewish leader. I must be able to know him, thank God I have been taught how to use Google”, Justice Nyako jokingly added. 

According to the court, besides a Jewish leader, Kanu must also produce a “highly placed person of Igbo extraction”, as well as “a highly respected person who is resident and owns landed property in Abuja”. 

Each of the sureties are to deposit N100 million each.

As part of the ball conditions, Kanu, was expressly barred by the court from attending any rally or granting any form of interview. “I must stress it here that the defendant must not attend any rally. He must not be in a crowd exceeding 10 persons”, the Judge warned.

Justice Nyako equally held that Kanu who was arrested by security operatives upon his arrival to Nigeria from the United Kingdom, must sign an undertaken to make himself available for trial at all times. Kanu was ordered to surrender his Nigerian and British international passports, while the court on the other hand compelled FG to return to him, his wedding ring and reading glasses.

However, Kanu’s co-defendants, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, were denied bail by the court which described charges against them as “very serious”. Justice Nyako said the fact that she earlier struck out terrorism charges FG slammed against the defendants did not water-down seriousness of treason charge against them. She held that Kanu’s co-defendants did not adduce fresh facts capable of compelling reconsideration of their application for bail. 

Mazi Kanu, has since his release been busy at Enugu Cenotaph talking to Chiukwu Okike, the creator in Heaven. Sources revealed that he was heard as saying "I Rather Die Than Biafra Not To Be Restored. 

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