Court strikes out 8 of 15 charges against Nnamdi Kanu

The federal government’s 15-count case against Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been dismissed by a federal high court in Abuja.

The federal government filed 15 allegations against Kanu, some of which bordered on terrorism.

When the matter was reopened on Friday, April 8, in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) court, Justice Binta Nyako dismissed eight of the accusations while ruling on their validity.

Counts six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, and 14 in the current preliminary objection application have not shown any offence by the defendant, she said.

The judge, however, acknowledged that counts one, two, three, four, five, 13, and 15 showed some allegations against the IPOB leader, saying the trial of the defendant would proceed on those counts.

“I have read the counts and counts 6,7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14 have not disclosed any offence against the defendant.

“Counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 15 show some allegations. The court shall proceed to try the defendant on those count,” Justice Nyako said.

The IPOB leader has been in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS, since his arrest in June 2021 in Kenya and repatriated to Nigeria to continue his trial before Justice Nyako.

He was arrested and arraigned for agitating for the actualization of Biafra.

However, the IPOB leader contested the charges in a fundamental human rights suit against the Federal Government.

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