Kanu Loses Battle to Get Back Passport, Other Items, as FG Seeks for Concealment of Witnesses

 

An application by leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and founder of Radio Biaf‎ra, Nnamdi Kanu, for the release of certain items, including his British and Nigeria passports, which are in the custody of the Department of State Service was Tuesday dismissed by a Federal High Court, Abuja.

In dismissing the application made orally by Kanu’s lawyer, Chuks Muouma (SAN), who had sought the release of the items because they would not be needed by the prosecution since they were not listed as part of exhibits to be tendered, Justice James Tsoho said the application lacked merit.

Meanwhile, The federal government on Tuesday applied for the concealment of identities of witnesses in the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mohammed Diri brought the application before the Court.

But defence counsel, Momah requested for time to ‎to file a counter affidavit in reply to the application.

Kanu had also requested to be released to him is cash to the tune of $2,200 and N87,000.

Justice Tsoho insisted that the fact that the items were not listed as possible exhibits did not foreclose the possibility of their being later used by the prosecution as exhibits.

He then adjourned the case till February 19 for the hearing of an application by the prosecution for protection of its witnesses.

Earlier, amild drama ensued within the premises of the Court as the detained leader of the Kanurefused to remove his handcuffs. It took the intervention of his ‎lead counsel to persuade Kanu to step-down from the prison van that brought him to court for trial.

Though he eventually succumbed to persuasion by his lawyer to alight from the prison van, however, Kanu, swore that he would not allow anybody to remove the handcuffs which he wore into the courtroom.

Kanu, David Nwawusi and Benjamin Madubugwu are being prosecuted on six counts of treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and other offences bordering on their agitation for secession ‎of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria.

Author: News Editor

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