-The whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu is unknown
-He is expected to appear in court although there is speculation he may not show up
-Legal experts said this may bring serious consequences for his sureties The whereabouts of Nnamdi Kanu.
The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) remains unknown even as he is expected to be in court on Tuesday,October 17.Since the raid by the army during Operation Python Dance in his father’s compound,the IPOB’s leader’s whereabouts remains unknown.Kanu is facing charges bothering on treasonable felony and was released on bail after he met his bail conditions.
South East Caucus,Eyinnaya Abaribe;a Jewish priest,Immanuu-El Shalom and an accountant and Abuja resident,Tochukwu Uchendu,stood as his sureties with each asked to sign a bond of N100 million each.New Telegraph reports that Chief Okoi Obono-Obla who is the special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on prosecution said Kanu had violated his bail conditions.
He said:“Following the military exercise carried out by the military in Umuahia,Abia state and the subsequent proscription of IPOB,Nnamdi Kanu,has not been seen and may have gone underground.“So,it is not likely that he will appear in court on the next adjourned date for fear of being arrested by the police or security agencies.“Kanu had sureties that entered into recognizance or signed bail bonds as ordered by the court that led to his release.
“The position of the law as provided under Section 173 (1) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act,2015,is that,a defendant whom recognizance was entered on his behalf and who is subsequently released on bail is bound to appear before the court at every time and place to which during the course of the proceedings,the hearing may from time to time be adjourned.
“It follows that if Kanu fails to appear before the Federal High Court on the next adjourned date,the judge will likely order a warrant for his arrest. “The implication of the failure of Kanu to appear in court on the next adjourned date on those who stood sureties for his recognizance is that his recognizance shall be forfeited”.Chief Mike Ahamba in his own submission said it might be too early to start speculating on the outcome.
He said:“Why should we be concerned about a surety who is not worried about himself? Let’s wait till that date.Kanu may even show up in court and if he did not show up,the court will decide what to do.I am not supposed to tell the court what to do.” Adekunle Ojo who is a former vice president of the Nigeria Bar Association said the position of the law was clear on such issues.
“The sureties will be asked to show cause why they should not face the consequences of the accused person’s action.The defendant may have his bail revoked for not showing up in court to attend his trial.By the time the bail is revoked,the sureties may have to face trial for standing surety for an accused person that cannot be found.
“Primarily,their best bet is to ensure that Kanu attend court tomorrow because the consequences might be too great for them.”Meanwhile,IPOB issued a threat calling on the army to bring Kanu to court or it will take up arms against security operatives.In a statement released on Monday,October 16,the group accused the army of taking Kanu when it raided his house during Operation Crocodile Smile.