February 18, 2017
PORT HARCOURT— One of the 45 detained IPOB brethren arrested during the IPOB-Trump solidarity rally on 20th January in Igweocha was on Friday, 17 February 2017, granted bail by the Chief Magistrates’ Court of the Rivers State Judiciary in Igweocha (Port Harcourt) on ground of health issues.
It was gathered that the Chief Magistrate, Andrew Jaja, granted Mr. Emmanuel Nnamani who is standing trial with 44 others on two-count charges of conspiracy to commit treason and treasonable felony, bail with a total sum of N50,000 after considering that he was almost losing one of his eyes.
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According to our correspondence, Mr. Nnamani was “dangerously struck on his right eye by Nigerian security forces before he was arrested and taken to their station.”
The court arrived at this decision after the defence counsel to the detained persons prayed the court to grant Mr. Nnamani bail due to his worsening eye problem. He also argued that since their case files had not reached the office of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, other detained Biafra agitators should also be granted bail.
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The Chief Magistrate, after hearing his submission issued a 10 days hearing notice to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police or the state Attorney General to appear before the court to give reasons why the accused should not be granted bail.
The case was thereafter adjourned to March 3 for continued hearing while other defendants were remanded to prison custody.
By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers