Biafra: 7 Jewish Worshipers Granted Bail In Abia
Self-acclaimed leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu may be missing, but in his absence, justice is being handed to some of his followers.
Seven of nine Jewish worshippers arrested at the Afara Ukwu country home of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, have been granted bail by the Abia State High Court sitting in Umuahia.
On May 14, 2018, the worshipers were denied bail and remanded at the Afara Ukwu Prison facility by Chief Magistrate O.U. Ugwu of Umuahia for lack of jurisdiction to try the matter after they were brought before the court.
Six of the accused were arraigned at the High Court 1 presided over by the Acting Chief Judge of the state, Justice Onuoha Ogwe, while three others were arraigned before Justice O.A. Chijioke of High Court 3.
While Justice Ogwe granted the six accused bail in the sum of N1 million, Justice Chijioke granted one bail in the sum of N200,000 each, adding that the surety must have verifiable residence and to deposit two copies of recent passports.
Some of the people granted bail were: Elder Ifeanyi Nwafor, Nkama Agha, Ifeanyichukwu Anukwua, Mazi Donatus Nwadike, Akelibo Okurishi, Chukwuemeka Adaenyi and Nwaeke Nehemiah. But Uche Ikechukwu and Linus Njoku Ede were not granted bail.
Aloy Ejimakor, counsel to the Jewish nine, said: “What happened in the court was something that I am satisfied about.
"It is instructive to note that all of them were charged together in the same charge sheet. So, I expected that all the nine cases should have been listed before the same court, but unfortunately, they were not.
"I tried all I could to accomplish the task of listing all the nine before the same court, but it didn’t happen. What happened today in court should be sufficient pointer to what will happen on the 19th because I expect to prevail. It is a bail able offence.
"They weren’t arrested with any weapon and there is no evidence indicating that violence was at foot. They don’t have any criminal records.
"They only came to pray and perform some sort of pilgrimage at the home of one of their members - Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, I don’t believe there is enough evidence to keep them in detention for this long.
"On 19th June, my argument would be that their way to freedom is long overdue and I will cite what happened in court today for that very court to be aware that bail was granted to co-defendants in the same matter."
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