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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Treason : DSS Brings Kanu To Court As Trial Resumes

••• Separatist Pleads Not Guilty, Case Adjourned Till November 10

                •Kanu and his lawyers


The Daily Crucible | Published Thursday, October 21, 2021

The leader of of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has been brought to the Federal High Court in Abuja amidst tight security.

He was brought to the Court on a black Sports Utility Vehicles at about 8am on Thursday.

Kanu is being tried before Justice Binta Nyako over charges of treasonable felony and terrorism but  Nnamdi Kanu pleaded not guilty to the amended charges against him by the Federal Government.

He was arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja over charges of treasonable felony and terrorism which the Federal Government amended last week, thereby scaling it up to a seven-count charge.

Shortly after pleading not guilty today, the judge ordered that he remains in the custody of the Department of State Services after failing to grant his request to be transferred to a correctional centre in Kuje.

Breaking: Court refuses application to transfer Nnamdi Kanu to Kuje correctional center.

However, three persons of his choice can pay him visit at the DSS facility court rules.  

The treason case was adjourned till November 10 for hearing of his application challenging the competence of the suit.

Meanwhile, Kanu returns to DSS custody.

Earlier, news hounds, lawyers and some staff of the FHC were not allowed to enter the Court premises until it was well after 9:am.

Security operatives numbering over 2,500 drawn from the Police, Army, Department of State Services operatives and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) fanned out from Transcorp Hilton through the Ministry of Justice and Abia House to provide security to the area.

The Daily Crucible recalls that during the last proceedings, newsmen and lawyers were Ill - treated, while Kanu was not produced in court by the DSS.

The prosecution lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar, cited 
  “logistical issues” as reason Kanu was not brought to the court that day.

However, the Federal Government slammed an amended seven-count charge against Kanu last week, while the FHC issued a hearing notice for Thursday, October 21.

The Noice titled, ‘Federal Republic of Nigeria Versus Nnamdi Kanu,’ with suit number: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/15, was served on Ejiofor and the prosecuting lawyer, Shuaibu Labaran.

Two of the count read :that you Nnamdi Kanu, male adult of Afarachukw lbeku Umahia North Local Government Area of Abia State on or about the 28th of April 2015 in London, United Kingdom did broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu state and other parts of the of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this Honorable court 

And that you Nnamdi Kanu, male adult of Afarachukw lbeku Umahia North Local Government Area of Abia State between the month of March and April 2015 imported into Nigeria and kept in Ubulusiizor in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra state within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, a Radio transmitter known as TRAM 50l concealed in a container of used household Wich you declared as used household items and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 47 (2) of the Criminal Code of Act, Cap C45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

Kanu was granted bail in April 2017, jumped bail and fled the country after the invasion of his home in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State, by the military in September.

Kanu and his one of Kanu’s lawyers, Alloy Ejimakor had described the action as one driven by the “rule of self-preservation.”

On June 29, 2021, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, announced that Mr Kanu had been rearrested and extradited to Nigeria to continue facing his trial.

He said the IPOB leader was “intercepted” days earlier but was silent on which country and how the operation was perfected.

Although there has been no official disclosure about where and how Kanu was arrested, relatives and lawyers of the IPOB leader, have described how he was taken into custody in Kenya under controversial circumstances.

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