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Court Again Adjourns Trial Of Nnamdi Kanu

The Federal High Court Abuja, has fixed April 8, for ruling on a preliminary objection filed by the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, challenging the validity of the 15-count amended charge brought against him by the Federal Government.

Trial Judge, Binta Nyako fixed the date after Chief Mike Ozekhome, counsel for Kanu and Shuaibu Labaran, the prosecution counsel, adopted arguments for and against the Defendant’s preliminary objection. 

In what would be described as a short argument, Chief Mike Ozekhome,  counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, pleaded with the court to acquit and dismiss all the charges filed against Kanu by the Federal Government. 

At a resumed trial on Wednesday, Ozekhome argued that the 15-count amended charge was defective and baseless, while insisting that his application seeks the quashing, striking out and dismissing of the 15-count amended charge against Kanu for being incompetent and denying the court of jurisdiction to entertain the charge.

He also insisted that contrary to the previous statement by the prosecution counsel, Kanu had not renounced membership of the IPOB, but the Proscribed IPOB

Chief Ozekhome also complained bitterly that despite the court’s order, the DSS had vehemently refused to allow Kanu a change of cloth and for three consecutive times, Kanu’s younger brother had been refused access to DSS facility where Kanu is being kept.

More so, the lead counsel lamented that since Kanu was arrested and detained, his eye glasses was seized by the DSS and had not been returned to him.

Responding, the DSS said the clothes brought by Kanu’s family had a lion’s heart drawn on it and that it offends their operating procedures.

The court however asked the DSS to provide Kanu with his eye glasses while denying his request on donning the Igbo ethnic attire which carries an insignia of a lion’s head, a typical dress worn by Igbos in the southeastern region.

Meanwhile, prosecution counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, earlier, informed the court that the defence counsel had filed and served him with two applications, which he had responded accordingly.

The IPOB leader is being prosecuted on a 15-count amended charge before the Federal High Court in Abuja.

He was rearrested last June in Kenya and brought back to Nigeria, an action his lawyers termed “extraordinary rendition” by the Nigerian government. 

The Federal Government filed the amended charges raising the number of counts from seven to 15 to incorporate terrorism offences he allegedly committed through broadcasts while he was abroad.

By Victoria Abah

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