Court strikes out 8 of 15 charges against Nnamdi Kanu

A federal high court in Abuja has struck out 8 out of the 15-count charge filed against Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), by the federal government.

 

The 15 charges which bordered on terrorism were filed against Kanu by the Federal Government.

 

When the case resumed on Friday, April 8, at the court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Justice Binta Nyako struck out eight of the charges while delivering a ruling on the validity of the charges.

 

She held that in the instant preliminary objection application, counts six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, and 14 have not disclosed any offence by the defendant.

 

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.