A Federal High Court in Abuja has released the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu on bail.
Justice Adeniyi Ademola admitted him to bail unconditionally while ruling in an application filed and argued by his lawyer Vincent Obeta.
In the ruling, Justice Ademola who had last month granted permission to the Department of State Service to detain Mr Kanu for 90 days, set aside the order.
According to him, the continued detention of Mr Kanu after two months without trial violates Section 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015 and Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution.
Justice Ademola also said that there was no law that permits the DSS or any other security agency to detain any Nigerian beyond two months when in actual fact there was no intention to put the person on trial.
He added that from the available facts before the court, the Department of State Services were not ready to grant bail or put Mr Kanu on trial.
While still pondering what to do, the court holds that his continuous detention is illegal and as such he is to be released on bail unconditionally, especially in the light of the deposition of the counsel to the DSS that it has no charge against Mr Kanu in any Court of Competent Jurisdiction in Nigeria.
A Magistrate Court in Abuja had discharged the Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, following the withdrawal of the charges proffered against him by the Department of State Services on Wednesday.
Counsel to the accused, Vincent Obeffa, told Channels Television that with the court’s ruling, the accused had no criminal cases against him in Nigeria or anywhere in the world and as such, he was a free man.