Did Nnamdi Kanu Violate His Bail Conditions?
Authored by Ifeanyi Chijioke
19th August 2017
This has been a silent issue on the lips of the Nigerian people; they have been perambulating and trotting around that Nnamdi Kanu has violated his bail conditions. Arewa Youths even staged protest calling for the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu on the ground that he has violated his bail conditions. Recently; the prosecution has even urged Justice Binta Nyako to revoke Nnamdi Kanu’s bail as he has not respected the conditions upon which the bail was granted.
The federal government of Nigeria has signaled that they would use the Court on the assumption of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial to make the re-arrest happen. This is even as such statement from the Federal government is nothing but pre-judicial.
The statement will either pile up undue pressure on the trial Judge to unlawfully re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu. One after another; the federal government is clearing the path to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu. It is imperative we carefully look at the bail conditions; be more direct in the absence of what Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest may result to.
With the already heated polity and fragility of Nigeria; Nnamdi Kanu’s re-arrest may as well unravel things or groups which might violently demand his freedom and call for referendum. I have always posited that Nnamdi Kanu may at a point be unable to control or douse the anger of the people of Biafra he leads; this will lead to escalation of violence for the sake of his unacceptable treatment by the Nigerian authority.
The court by giving Nnamdi Kanu bail conditions may be definite but unrealistic; in the sense that Nnamdi Kanu’s bail conditions don’t need his consent to be broken. Nnamdi Kanu did not break his bail conditions rather; the public did break the conditions. What the court failed to do was to also shield the public from Nnamdi Kanu. The court made it clear that Nnamdi Kanu should not be in a crowd exceeding ten, but when Nnamdi Kanu travels to Owerri; millions of people block his car that he sometimes alight his car and trek to where he wanted to go.
The public hears that he is coming to Ekwulobia; they troop there and wait and he cannot disperse them. Then when he furthers his journey; one comes from nowhere to say Nnamdi Kanu violated his bail condition. Nnamdi Kanu is a high profile figure the public cannot overlook when they get information of his presence anywhere and at this point; house arrest or continued detention remains the only way to make the condition of not above ten people a reality.
The court lost touch with reality when such conditions were given without bringing in a condition to also shield the impossible ones. The court ought to have outlined measures to control or wage the public, because they would overwhelm him even though he only came to see Mr and Mrs Okeke. Nnamdi Kanu has lived his bail conditions- that he should not grant press interview; since Nnamdi Kanu was granted bail, he has not called for a press conference and neither has he spoken on radio Biafra. He has not made a press release regarding the case or his detention.
The court did not for a day say; if you are asked question by anybody, don’t reply. Who knows who is a press man and who is not that when Nnamdi Kanu is asked a question; he answers and the next day, you see his words with two people in his home in the press. Hence Nnamdi Kanu did not call for any press briefing or conference; the press man should rather be held to account if there is a feeling that Nnamdi Kanu has broken the bail condition of no interviews. Nnamdi Kanu’s bail condition is so complicated that no human might be able to keep; it is ambiguous that when deeply looked into, one finds out that he did not or never violated any of his bail conditions. If Nnamdi Kanu has violated his bail conditions, you would see his social media accounts retrieved and often hear from him.
You would always hear his voice on radio Biafra but as far as he has abstained from any form of publicity; he is only respecting the condition of his bail pending the completion of his trial. Some have wrongly accused him of holding rallies but that is rather fast and furious; the Court never asked him not to talk to the public but barred him from calling press interview/conference and sitting in a crowd above ten which he has not violated. Nnamdi Kanu when outside his home causes rally; in this sense, he has not willfully violated any bail condition but facing a situation beyond him. Who would disperse the crowd struggling to meet him or see his face? Nnamdi Kanu is even helpless and his bail conditions need to be further looked into because it is beyond his power to control. Instead of ask the court to re-arrest Nnamdi Kanu on the basis that he has violated his bail conditions; the prosecution should rather urge the court to reinforce the conditions against the people and the press. The reality of the situation is that Nnamdi Kanu’s fundamental human rights were not taken away by the court and as such, you cannot arrest him for enjoying his fundamental human rights to speech, movement etc.
Published by: Anyi Kings
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