Court rejects Igbo leader who threatened to bring IPOB to Lagos bail application

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A Lagos High Court sitting in Tafawa Balewa Square has refused to grant bail to Frederick Nwajagu, the Eze Ndigbo of Ajao Estate who threatened to bring the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) to Lagos.

Justice Yetunde Adesanya held that the court is constrained to refuse Nwajagu’s bail application based on the seriousness of the alleged offence and the severity of its punishment.

Nwajagu is charged with nine counts bordering on an attempt to commit terrorism, participating in terrorism, meeting to support a proscribed entity, and financing terrorism.

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Counsel to the Eze Ndigbo, according to The PUNCH, had on July 25, 2023, applied for bail, citing his medical reports, adding that he was not a flight risk.

At the resumed hearing, of the case on Friday the court declined the defendant’s bail application and ordered for an accelerated hearing

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Justice Adesanya held, “Based on the seriousness of the offence, the severity of the punishment, and the proof of evidence before the court, the court is constrained to refuse the bail application.

“The application for an accelerated hearing is hereby granted”.

The judge, however, directed the correctional facility officials to make arrangements for the defendant to visit a government hospital for his treatment.

She adjourned the hearing until October 3, 2023.

On the last adjourned date, counsel to the defendant, Mr. E. C. Obiagu (SAN), had prayed the court to grant bail to the defendant on grounds of his medical condition.

He also told the court that the defendant was a widower who had six children who he would not abandon, therefore would not jump bail.

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Obiagu claimed that the defendant does not possess an international passport, therefore, was not a flight risk.

The defence counsel also said that the defendant was granted bail at the lower court but was not able to perfect the bail due to its stringent condition.

In his response the Lagos state, Deputy Director for Public Prosecutions, Jonathan Ogunsanya, however, urged the court to refuse the defendant’s bail.

Nwajagu was arrested in April by the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) over a video in which he threatened to invite members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to Lagos to protect the properties of the Igbo people living in the state.

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