Detained Kanu Makes U-turn, Wants Talks with FG

The detained leader of Indigenious People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, said he was willing to enter into discussion with the Federal Government over his present predicament.
Kanu’s lawyers, led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor and the Amoebi Nzelu, who disclosed this on Friday, said they were not opposed to talks with the government.
“Nnamdi Kanu is not averse to political solution in resolving his present politically orchestrated ordeal,” Ejiofor said.
He stated further: “He welcomes genuine political solution to this case. Nnamdi Kanu has people of proven integrity and impeccable character that will negotiate on his behalf, based on his demands when communication on this effect is established.”
He however said Kanu will not operate on the same level with MEND.
“In the past few day, the media was awash with news on negotiation going on between the Federal government and members of MEND, where our client’s name (Nnamdi Kanu) conspicuously featured.
“It is on that note that we wish to inform the general public that Nnamdi Kanu has no connection, contact, ties or any kind of relationship with members of the MEND. As such MEND has no implied, direct or express authority of Nnamdi Kanu to represent him or IPOB in any purported negotiation going on between MEND and the Federal Government.
“The general public is accordingly advised to ignore, discountenance and disregard the falsehood been peddled by MEND,” said Ejiofor
He added that his client no longer had confidence in the court where the case against him is currently being heard.
Ejiofor said the court, presided over by Justice John Tsoho, had denied his client bail, despite an earlier decision of the same court under Justice Adeniyi Ademola, that granted bail to the first defendant in the matter.
According to him, “In the face of this anomaly, it became apparent that our client, Nnamdi Kanu, cannot get a fair trial in this very court. “These among other sundry reasons necessitated the other actions we adopted to demand that the honourable court disqualifies itself from further proceeding with the hearing of the case,” he said.
Ejiofor said the media should ensure a correct interpretation of the charges against their clients, saying Kanu is the only person directly accused of treasonable felony.
“The six count charges proffered against our clients show in summary that our client (Namdi Kanu) is facing three charges; treasonable felony, managing unlawful society and concealing goods in a container holding goods of different description.
“The second defendant, Benjamin Madubugwu, is facing two count charges (that is counts 4 and 5) of assisting the management of unlawful society and unlawful possession of fire arms, while the third defendant is facing only one count charge of assisting the management of unlawful society.
“The question now arises as to whether a single individual can be charged solely with the offence of treasonable felony, considering the ingredients of the offence of treason as enumerated under section 41 of the Criminal Code Act cap C38 laws of the federation of Nigeria,” Ejiofor said.
Kanu and two others, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, have been in detention since October 2015.

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