Court offers #10 million bail `option for 4 IPOB members

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The Federal High Court Abuja, on Monday, has admitted four members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to bail in the sum of N10 million each.

Justice Binta Nyako admitted Bright Chimezie, Onwudiwe, Nwawuisdi and Madubugwu to bail. They are aged between 33 and 45, facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, to commit a treasonable felony and illegal possession of firearms.

The suspects were all arrested in 2016 and had been in detention since then. They were charged along with the former leader of the IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

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Justice Nyako said she had carefully considered the application for bail submitted by their counsel and the number of years they had spent in prison.

Considering their bail, Justice Nyako ordered the defendants to deposit the sum of N10 million each with the Chief Registrar of the court.

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She added that the defendants are to deposit their travelling documents at the court and not allowed to travel outside the country. The Judge ordered that they must not be seen granting newsmen interview or any type of interviews.

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Chimezie pleaded with the court to stop men of the State Security Operatives from invading their residence after being admitted to bail.

Justice Nyako gave the assurance that they would be under the custody of the court. She adjourned the commencement of trial to November 14.

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