A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Port Harcourt on Friday granted bail on health grounds to one of the 45 Biafra separatists standing trial.
Chief Magistrate Andrew Jaja presided over the trial of some members of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The accused were standing trial on a two-Court charge of conspiracy to commit treasonable felony and display of unruly behaviour.
Jaja granted the accused, Emmanuel Nnamani, bail in the sum of N50,000 after discovering that he was almost losing one of his eyes.
Nnamani was allegedly hit in the right eye by security agents before he was arrested.
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.
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