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Nnamdi Kanu: Court Grants FG’s Request To Separate Treason Trial From Others |RN

 

 

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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

 

By TUNDE OYESINA, ABUJA

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday granted an order separating the trial of the ‘missing’ leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu from that of other co-defendants.
The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako also agreed to a request by the Federal Government to separate the charges against Kanu from that of his co-defendants.

Kanu is facing a five-count treasonable felony charge alongside four other pro-Biafra agitators- Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Bright Chimezie
However, Kanu’s whereabouts has remained unknown since September last year.

The federal government had in a charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015,alleged that Kanu and his co-defendants as well as other persons currently at large, had “on diverse dates in 2014 and 2015 in Nigeria and London, United Kingdom, did conspire amongst yourselves to broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu and other areas within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, preparations being made by you and others at large, for states in the South-East and South-South zones and other communities in Kogi and the Benue States to secede from the Federal Republic of Nigeria with a view to constituting same into a Republic of Biafra and you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2000.”

It further alleged that Kanu had “on or about the 28th April, 2015 in London, the United Kingdom did in a broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu state and other parts of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, referred to Major General Muhammadu Buhari, GCON, President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a paedophile, a terrorist, an idiot and an embodiment of evil, knowing same to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 375 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C. 38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

The defendants were also alleged to have between the months of March and April, 2015, imported into Nigeria, a Radio transmitter known as TRAM 50L, which they concealed in a container that was declared as used household items, contrary to section 47(2) (a) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C45, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004. Kanu was arrested by security operatives on October 14, 2015, upon his arrival from the United Kingdom. He is answering to four out of the five-count charge.”

When the matter came up yesterday, prosecution counsel, Shuaibu Labaran noted that Kanu’s continued absence had frustrated the progress of the trial.

He, however, made an oral application for the court to separate the charges against Kanu from the federal government’s preferred charges against his co-defendants.
The application was not opposed by all the defence counsel, including counsel to the IPOB leader, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

In her ruling, Justice Nyako held that the request was granted in order “to meet the justice of the case.”

The court thereafter adjourned to March 20, 21 and 22 for a definite trial of the remaining four defendants.  (New Telegraph)

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Court Adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Till Dec. 5 |The Republican News

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The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday adjourned the trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, until December 5.
Kanu is being prosecuted alongside others on charges of treasonable felony.
The case was adjourned due to the absence of ‎the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, who said to be attending the ‘All Judges’ Conference’ being held at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.
Kanu was on Monday absent from court for the second time after the alleged invasion of his home in Abia State by the military on September 14, ‎since when he had been declared missing by his family.
His co-defendants and a serving senator, Eyinnaya Abaribe, who is one of the three persons standing as sureties for the bail granted the IPOB leader, was however in court on Monday.
Kanu’s lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the judge on October 17 that Kanu had been missing after soldiers allegedly invaded the IPOB leader’s home‎ on September 14, 2017, adding that the Nigerian Army was in the best position to produce the defendant. (Punch)

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Propaganda Against Us Will Fail, Says IPOB |The Republican News

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From Aloysius Attah, Onitsha

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu-led Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), yesterday, chided the Federal Government over what it described as desperate efforts to incriminate the group by all means possible.

Its Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, said IPOB under the command of Nnamdi Kanu is the most peaceful self-determination movement in the world right now, adding that as the children of light, devoted to the worship of the one true God (Chukwu Okike Abiama) in truth and in spirit, the group cannot dabble into any form of lawlessness or criminality.

Powerful insisted that the Nigerian military deliberately burnt down a police station in order to justify Operation Python Dance and to divert public attention away from its raid on Kanu’s home where no fewer than 28 people died, including his two cousins. The statement read in part: “We want to make it absolutely clear to all and sundry that IPOB does not condone and will never engage in any crime or violence, no matter the level of provocation by the barbaric Buhari regime. All spurious allegations spouted by Lai Mohammed to justify their barbarism are nothing more than pure lies, fabricated to give IPOB a bad name. The civilised world, of which Nigeria is demonstrably not one, must demand evidence from Lai Mohammed to corroborate these heinous lies against IPOB or else they must be seen and condemned for the liars they really are”.

“The faces of IPOB family members and well-wishers are on display during our rallies and peaceful protests ongoing now all over the world. It is the clearest signal yet that IPOB is not and can never be a terrorist organisation. The Nigerian government must know by now that they cannot win this fight against a determined and well-structured movements like IPOB that has global reach and connections.”  

 “The same way this Buhari regime accused our leader of a treasonable felony yet till date the prosecution is yet to open its case in a court of law. Going by the weight of the charges and accusation, cleverly packaged and sold to the media through APC friendly media houses, one would be forgiven for thinking that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is more dangerous than Al Baghdadi the ISIS leader. When the time came for Buhari to present his much taunted incriminating evidence in a court of law, they were found wanting, but instead, they chose to frustrate their own instituted legal proceedings through adjournment after adjournment for two years now.” 

“Being mindful of the fact they were definitely going to lose in their own court, as they have no witness nor evidence to tender, the Nigerian government decided to conjure up operation Python Dance 2, in concert with efulefu Igbo governors, to provide a perfect cover for the Attorney General of the Federation and Buhari’s henchman, the latitude to amend existing charges once again, by forcing the reintroducing of the same charge of terrorism the courts threw out in previous rulings.”

“The essence of the genocidal Python Dance exercise was to legitimise the extrajudicial killing of our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his family.

The Buhari regime has no interest in continuing the treason trial against our leader because they discovered to their horror that Hon. Justice Binta Nyako a Fulani woman and the presiding judge in the case flatly refused to compromise her stance or allow her conscience to be bought over. It was after they discovered the uprightness of Justice Nyako that Buhari decided, out of desperation, to unleash the genocidal Operation Python Dance and the preemptive military raid to kill Kanu in his home and scuttle the trial.”

“It is equally on record that since late 2015 when IPOB started its protests and rallies all over the world, neither the Nigerian Police nor any law enforcement agency in over 100 countries in the world where IPOB gather, can point to a single incident of the breakdown of law and order. Recorded incidents of lawlessness normally happen when soldiers converge on the venue of any such peaceful gathering and open fire on unarmed civilians. It is IPOB that are the victims of state lawlessness. We have at various times been visited with midnight abductions, torture, extrajudicial executions, humiliation and imprisonment without trial, all perpetrated by Buhari’s police and soldiers exclusively made up of Hausa Fulani Islamic fundamentalists.” 

“IPOB would like to advise the Nigerian government, her security operatives, and their collaborators in the South East (the governors), to stop making a fool of themselves before the civilised world.

We are eagerly waiting for the next instalment in this series of cheap lies and propaganda against IPOB because all their concocted deceit cannot stand any rigorous scrutiny” the statement noted.  (The Sun)

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BREAKING: FG Asks Court To Revoke Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail, Orders For His Arrest |RN

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Ade Adesomoju, Abuja

The Federal Government has finally asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to revoke the bail granted the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Mr Namdi Kanu, who is being prosecuted along with others on treasonable felony charges.

The prosecution made this request in an application it filed before the court and served on Kanu on Friday.

Saturday PUNCH had exclusively reported in its July 22, 2017, edition that there were plans by the Federal Government to ask the court to revoke the bail granted Kanu on April 25, 2017.

The application seeking the revocation of Kanu’s bail was released to journalists in Abuja on Friday by the Special Assistant to the Attorney-General of the Federation on Media and Publicity, Mr Salihu Isah.

Kanu had, earlier in his application filed on July 1, 2017, urged the court to vary the conditions of the bail granted him on April 25, 2017.

But the Federal Government hinged its fresh motion seeking the revocation of Kanu’s bail on the grounds that the IPOB leader had flouted the terms and conditions of the bail.

Justice Binta Nyako had, in her ruling delivered on April 25, granted bail to Kanu, but dismissed the separate bail applications filed by his co-defendants — the National Coordinator of IPOB, Mr Chidiebere Onwudiwe; an IPOB member, Benjamin Madubugwu, and a former Field Maintenance Engineer seconded to the MTN, David Nwawuisi.

Recently, after the court delivered its ruling on the defendants’ bail applications, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Magaji Labaran, amended the charges to include another co-defendant, Bright Chimezie.

In his application filed on July 1, 2017, Kanu maintained that parts of the bail conditions prohibiting him from being seen in a crowd exceeding 10 persons, granting press interviews and holding or attending rallies violated his constitutional rights.

His lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, stated in the motion that the undesirable bail terms and conditions were contained in paragraphs 2(vii) and (viii) of the court’s ruling granting bail to his client on April 25.

But the Federal Government, in its fresh application, asked the court to revoke the bail granted Kanu and order his immediate arrest by the police.

The Federal Government’s counter-affidavit filed in support of the motion and deposed to by a litigation clerk in the Office of the Director Public Prosecutions pieced together Kanu’s alleged acts of serial violation of the bail conditions imposed by the court.

It maintained that Kanu had flagrantly violated all the bail conditions.

It stated that the essence of the bail, which was for Kanu to look after his health, had been defeated.

According to the prosecution, instead of using the opportunity of his bail to attend to his health needs, Kanu went ahead to inaugurate a security outfit known as the Biafra Security Service.

The prosecution said this constituted a threat to national security.

It also cited an instance of how Kanu allegedly incited his followers “to disrupt, disallow and boycott elections in South Eastern states, starting with Anambra State governorship election scheduled to hold on November 18, 2017, if the Federal Government failed to hold a referendum for the realisation of the state of Biafra nation.”  (Punchng.com)

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