Aloy Ejimakor, the Special Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has announced that the Supreme Court has resolved the controversy surrounding Kanu’s bail status, affirming that he did not jump bail.
Ejimakor emphasized that the Supreme Court’s decision also underscored that Kanu’s bail should not have been revoked, bringing closure to a long-standing legal debate.
The genesis of the controversy dates back to 2017 when Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja granted bail to Kanu. However, following a military incursion into his ancestral home in Umuahia, Abia State, Kanu went into exile, thus missing subsequent trial dates.
Since then, questions regarding whether Kanu had jumped bail persisted until his extradition from Kenya to Nigeria in June 2021. The matter escalated when the Appeal Court acquitted Kanu of all terrorism charges, a ruling later overturned by the Supreme Court, which transferred the case back to the Federal High Court.
In the Certified True Copy of the December 2023 judgment, the apex court definitively declared that Kanu had not violated the terms of his bail.
Reacting, Ejimakor, said: “As Of Counsel, I had joined in this debate and always made it clear that Nnamdi Kanu, in the unique circumstance of the military invasion, did not jump bail. I had also written well-publicized legal treatises, maintaining that this self-evident truth will be proved and confirmed in Court in due course of time.”
He said the first judicial confirmation came in January 2022 when, in a landmark judgment, the High Court of Abia State declared that the said military invasion was a flagrant violation of Kanu’s constitutional rights, consequent upon the Court awarded him N1 billion in damages and public apology.
He said: “Following this judgment, I had issued a public Legal Notice warning all and sundry to thenceforth cease and desist from peddling the falsehood that Nnamdi Kanu had jumped bail. Whereas, vast majorities of the mainstream and social media had complied, some malicious traducers and elements from the federal government persisted with the defamatory bail-jumping narrative.
“In summation, in addition to ruling that Nnamdi Kanu never jumped bail, the Supreme Court also held that the Federal High Court should never have revoked his bail; that the prosecution wrought grand deception on the Court on the bail-jumping issue and that the bench warrant that triggered Nnamdi Kanu’s infamous extraordinary rendition was obtained by deception and should never have been issued.
“For the foregoing reasons, I implore the media, members of the public and pertinent public officials to abide by the judgment of the Supreme Court and henceforth cease and desist from peddling or publishing the false and defamatory narrative that Nnamdi Kanu had jumped bail.”