A Magistrate court in Umuahia yesterday granted bail to the 26 members of the pro-Biafra groups who were arrested Monday during protests over the continued detention of their leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
The 26 men granted bail were listed in the charge sheet as members of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The biafrans were arraigned on a three count charge of conspiracy to commit felony, belonging to an unlawful society, and possession of one cutlass, 12 MASSOB T-shirts, identity cards of MASSOB “which is an unlawful society”.
The police prosecutor, Mr. O. O Uche, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) urged the court to remand the pro-Biafra activists in prison custody “to make them learn their lessons”.
But the defense counsels, Barristers Nwabueze Nwankwo and E.O Nkere opposed the prosecutor and reminded the court that the offenses for which the accused were arraigned were bailable and therefore pleaded with the trial Magistrate to grant them bail.
Ruling on the bail application, the Magistrate, Mrs. Linda Ugboaja granted them bail in the sum of N100, 000 and one surety each and the surety must be a resident within the jurisdiction of the court and must submit two recent passport photographs to the court.
The matter was adjourned to February 24, 2016 for hearing.