FG Has No Proof of Evidence Against Me – Kanu

Former Director of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Tuesday, asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to discontinue his trial and three others on a 11-count treason charge against them by the Federal Government.
He queried the competence of the court to have entertained the charges in the first place.
Kanu and his co-defendants- Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, contended that there was nothing in the proof of evidence to support the treason charge against them.
Arguing that the government had no evidence to support the charges, the pro-Biafran agitator asked Justice Binta Nyako to not only quash the charges, but to grant them leave to appeal against a ruling, denying them bail in December.
They, therefore urged trial Judge Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja to quash all the charges against them.
The defendants made the application on a day the Federal Government was to open its case against them by producing witnesses to testify before the court.
Besides, Kanu and his co-accused persons further sought leave of the trial court to appeal against the December 1, 2016, ruling that denied them bail.
Sequel to the application, Justice Nyako deferred trial of the defendants till Thursday, January 12 to enable the Federal Government to file its response.
Earlier, Justice Nyako ordered security operatives to always grant the defendants access to their lawyers.
The order followed complaint by counsel to the defendants led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor, that security operatives at Kuje prison often block them from having access to their clients.
Ejiofor further alleged that some persons that went to visit Kanu sometime last year were arrested and killed by security operatives.
Government lawyer, Shuaibu Labaran refuted the allegation which he said was just being brought to his attention for the first time.
Meanwhile, many journalists were barred from covering the proceedings on the ground that they did not have tag.
This is the first time issue of tag is raised for press coverage of activities of the court.
Kanu and co-accussed arrived the court premises amidst tight security.
A large number of armed security officers comprising mainly of mobile police officers and operatives of the Department of State Security gathered in front of the court, while court security personnel barred journalists from entering the building.
Kanu is facing trial for treasonable felony, mismanagement of an unlawful society and concealing of goods in a container.
Kanu is facing charges alongside three others before Justice Nyako who had in December 13 ruled that Department of State Security witnesses testify against the defendants be protected.
“The counsels and the defendants will see the witnesses. The witnesses will have special entrances to and outside the court,” the Judge had said.
Justice Nyako also said the court would allow the witnesses to be shielded with screen-guards. She said the court would set aside two days for rehearsals on how the witnesses will come into the court and depart from the court.

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