The detained leader of the proscribed Indegenious People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, has pleaded not guilty to the fresh amended 15-count treasonable felony charge the Federal Government brought against him.
Kanu told the court he was innocent of all the charges the Federal Government levelled against him, while pointing out that some counts in the amended charges were similar.
Meanwhile, immediately after Kanu’s plea, the Prosecution counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, informed the court that he was ready to proceed with the trial, adding that he brought two witnesses to testify against the Defendant.
However, Kanu’s lead counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, told the court that he had on Tuesday evening, January 18, filed a 43-paged Preliminary Objection for the charge to be quashed and struck out without the matter proceeding to trial.
The prosecution counsel, Labaran, argued that Kanu’s two applications were not ripe for hearing, stressing that he would require time to go through them so as to be able to respond.
In a brief ruling, Justice Nyako noted that since Kanu’s first application is challenging the propriety of his trial as well as competence of the charge against him, the court ought to hear it first.
The court subsequently adjourned till February 16 to hear the pending application.
By Victoria Abah