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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently in detention has been handed a Liverpool lifeline by the trial judge.
The Eastern Updates recalls that having been detained since last year, he attended a hearing for bail earlier in the week which was denied but he was given some special football privileges.
Bizarrely, the change in fortunes for Mr Kanu did not come at his request and resulted from the discovery that Mr Kanu, his lawyer, and the judge were all Liverpool fans.
‘The judge, then joked that she was a Liverpool supporter and asked Mr Kanu’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome if he was also a fan of the football club. The lawyer said: ‘Yes.’
Mrs Nyako then turned to Mr Kanu in the dock. ‘What is your team?” she asked.
“My team is Liverpool even from age of seven,” Mr Kanu, standing upright in the dock, responded.
The judge then ordered the prison representative to allow Mr Kanu to watch next week’s Champions League final between Real Madrid and Liverpool and any other match of his favourite football club.
“You must allow the defendant to watch the matches any day they are playing,” she said, adding that she was going to make an order to that effect’.
It’s certainly an odd turn of events but one that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group will be very happy to hear.
Meanwhile, Kanu is next expected to appear in court next week.