The leader of the Idegenous people of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu was in court today Friday the 8th of April, 2022, for the continuation of his trial.
Nnamdi Kanu; Court Strikes out 8 out of the 15 Charges against Kanu
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed eight of the 15 terrorism and felony charges brought by the Federal Government against Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra.
While ruling on a preliminary objection filed by the IPOB leader, Justice Nyako released Nnamdi Kanu on all eight counts.
As a result, she ordered that counts six, seven, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, and fourteen be struck out.
“In this instant preliminary objection application, I have read the counts and come to the conclusion that counts six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12 and 14 have not disclosed any offence against the defendant.
‘Counts one, two, three, four, five, eight and 15 show some allegations, which the defendant has to answer.
“The court shall proceed to try the defendant on those counts,” Justice Nyako said.
Ozekhome told Newsmen outside the court that the remaining seven counts upheld by the court would be appealed to the Court of Appeal.
Kanu filed a motion to dismiss the federal government’s terrorism charge against him on January 19, arguing that the amended 15-count charge preferred against him was unjustified and should be dismissed by the court.
On Thursday, the IPOB leader’s lawyer, Ozekhome, filed a N50 billion lawsuit against the federal government and the AGF for his alleged kidnapping in Kenya and continued detention.
Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial; order designating IPOB as a terror group remained in effect
Nyako also ruled that the order designating IPOB as a terror group remained in effect until it was vacated because the case was still under appeal.
She rejected Kanu’s counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN’s, argument that whether IPOB was a terrorist organization under Nigerian law or not was still a subject of the appeal.
Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial; Bail denied
The judge directed counsel to the parties to present their arguments in response to Kanu’s bail plea.
As a result, Ozekhome argued that his client had never violated any of the bail conditions, and that Kanu had only escaped for his life during an attack at his home.
Citing judicial authorities, he said that “until a person is tried and convicted, he should be allowed to walk free.”
He said his client was still innocent until proven otherwise.
“I humbly urge my lord to use your discretion to grant him bail subject to my lord’s condition,” he said.
Shuaibu Labaran, the AGF’s lawyer, disagreed with Ozekhome, claiming that Kanu had violated all of the bail terms.
He claimed that because the IPOB leader jumped bail, the court revoked his bail and ordered his arrest wherever he was seen.
Labaran also argued that the issue before the court should be the filing of a contempt charge against Kanu, not a bail application.
“My lord granted him bail in 2017 on health grounds, but since then to date, no medical record was submitted to the court until he jumped bail.
He urged the judge to use her discretion in light of the facts of the case.
In the alternative, the lawyer suggested that Nyako issue an order for an expedited hearing on the matter so that Kanu could “know his fate one way or the other.”
The matter was adjourned until May 18 and May 26 for a decision on Kanu’s bail application and trial continuation, respectively.