A Chief Magistrates’ Court in occupied Igwe Ocha Biafra land, Rivers State on Friday granted bail on health grounds to one of the 65 Biafra citizen’s standing trial for treason.
Emmanuel Nnamani, an Indigenous Biafran was granted bail by Chief Magistrate Andrew-Jaja.
Nnamani, along with 64 other accused persons, are standing trial on a two-court charge of conspiracy to commit treasonable felony and display of unruly behaviour by
Jaja granted Nnamani bail in the sum of N50,000 after considering that he was almost losing one of his eyes.
Nnamani was hit in his right eye by Nigeria occupational forces.
The chief magistrate also issued a hearing notice to the Rivers State Commissioner of Police or the state Attorney General to appear in court to explain reasons why the accused should not be granted bail.
“Hearing notice would be served the Attorney General or the Commissioner of Police to come and show cause why the accused persons should not be released unconditionally pending the advice of the DPP (Director of Public Prosecution),” Jaja said.
He explained that the attorney general or the commissioner of police would be given 10 days to appear before the court.
The accused were remanded in prison custody, while the case was adjourned to March 3. Earlier, the Counsel to IPOB, Inalagwu Adoga, had prayed the court to grant the accused persons bail since their case file had not reached the Department of Public Prosecution.
Inalegwu explained that it would be in the interest of justice for the court to grant the suspects bail.
He also prayed the court to grant Nnamani bail due to his worsening bullet wounds. Speaking to newsmen after the court session, Adoga called on the Federal and Rivers State Governments to resolve the Biafra agitation amicably like that of the Niger Delta issue.
He said: “The Biafra situation started 51 years ago. “It has been lingering on and on.
“I have written to the Federal Government for a dialogue to end this matter before it gets out of hand.
“I think it is time for the Federal Government to sit down and call on the leadership of IPOB to discuss the matter.”
Adoga appealed to the government to exercise restraint, caution in all things since “peace is the best”.
The 45 suspects were arrested in Port Harcourt during the IPOB solidarity rally for the inauguration of the United States’ President Donald Trump on January 20