FG Withdraws Freshly Modified Accusation against IPOB Leader
The Federal Government has, on Wednesday morning, withdrawn the freshly modified accusation against Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
Earlier, Kanu had been denied a bail application by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja because his absence in the past, since 2017, should be determined before a bail application would be entertained.
The Federal High Court dismissed the allegations brought against Nnamdi Kanu after the FG withdrew the freshly revised charges.
Earlier, Mike Ozekhome had protested to the court that the prosecution was attempting to stall the process by constantly amending the charge against his client.
Ozekhome also told the court that this was the seventh time the Federal government was amending its charge.
Justice Nyako concurred with Ozekhome’s assertion that Kanu will not enter a plea on the newly enhanced charges right away because he needs time to comprehend them.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government is set to re-arraign the detained leader on an amended six-count of treasonable felony.
The modification was made on the same day that the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, was set to hear Kanu’s motion for bail pending the outcome of the charge against him.
Kanu’s legal team member, who craved anonymity, says the FG had in the amended charge, listed some lawyers representing the embattled IPOB leader, including Misters Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Maxwell Opara, as accomplices of the defendant.
According to reports, the FG said that Kanu’s lawyers were in daily communication with him after he skipped bail and fled the country.
On April 8, Justice Binta Nyako dismissed eight of the 15 counts of treasonable felony filed against Kanu by the FG.
The charges, according to Justice Nyako, were merely repeats that did not reveal any offence that could be supported by the evidence presented in court.
Scenes from the court showed Kanu, his lawyer Mike Ozekhome and supporters’ triumphant celebration over the amendment.
In the counts that were dismissed, FG claimed that Kanu had incited members of the public to not only organise a violent revolution but also to attack police officers and destroy public infrastructure in Lagos State through his broadcasts.