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IPOB Leader, Kanu Re-arraigned on Amended 11-Count Charge


The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Tuesday re-arraigned the former Director of Radio Biafra and leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and three others before Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court, Abuja.
Kanu, who had been standing trial on three count charge of treasonable felony, conspiracy and improper importation of goods, was arraigned on a 11-count amended charge, Tuesday.
Kanu, who has been in detention since October 2015 was first arraigned before a Magistrate Court that stepped down from the case for lack of jurisdiction in December 2015.
The case was later filed before a Federal High Court where it was assigned to Justice Adeniyi Ademola. But on assumption of trial, Kanu, even before taking his plea, in an objection said he lacked confidence in the court. After Kanu’s statement, Justice Ademola stood down from the matter.
He also returned the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court and the matter was later reassigned to Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court, Abuja, who also stepped down from the trial on September 26.
After an alleged conflicting ruling giving on the issue of secret trial in favour of the DSS, Kanu in a petition asked the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate Justice Tsoho.
He also filed an application asking the Judge to disqualify himself from the matter. Finally, on September, 26, Justice Tsoho budged to Kanu’s application, he disqualified himself from the matter.
Kanu pleaded not guilty when the 11-count charge was read to him. .
The court adjourned till November 17 when he is expected to argue his bail application.
Specifically, Kanu, in charge one was said to have conspired with others “to commit treasonable felony, contrary to Section 516 of the Criminal Code Act Cap. C38 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2014 and punishable under the same Section of the Act.”
In count Three, Kanu was accused of “managing an unlawful society, punishable under Section 63 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap. C38, Laws.”
Kanu was also accused of “publication of defamatory matter”, “illegal possession of firearms”, and “terrorism”, among other charges.
Meanwhile, IPOB in a statement, condemned the reassignment of the case to Nyako.
The group said her appointment was strategic by President Muhammadu Buhari to finally nailed Kanu.
The statement read: “The appointment of Justice Hajiya Binta F.M Nyako as the trial judge for mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case was masterminded by the government of the President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The appointment came after the harassment and the intimidation of the judges who were working tirelessly to address the country’s injustice perpetrated by the government of the day in Nigeria.
“It was observed that the trial Judge Justice HAJIYA BINTA F.M NYAKO was born on 14th day of May1959, she is a sister to the President of Nigeria Gen Muhammadu Buhari, her state of origin is KATSINA STATE and her local government is RIMI. She became a judge on the 28 day of July 2000 and married to one man in Taraba state.
“The government of the contraption called Nigeria assigned her to make sure she jail mazi Nnamdi Kanu who committed no crime against anybody in Nigeria but we want to ask if the new trial judge Binta Nyako will jail people who did not commit any crime against the people.
“Again, the new trial judge Binta Nyako Hajiya was mandated to the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra mazi Nnamdi Kanu on that he is saying the truth concerning the restoration of God’s nation Biafra.
“BINTA would have been one of the arrested judges over the $2m she allegedly took from JIDE OMOKORE to grant scandalous bail to the oil magnate who stole over $6b from Nigeria on the 8 day of July 2016, but was spared on one condition (WHICH IS TO JAIL NNAMDI KANU).
“We are calling on international community and other wonderful men and women across the globe to mount their watch on the new trial judge assigned to be handling the case concerning the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra IPOB.
“Furthermore, we want to let the world understand that she have started by using the same date the ECOWAS court fixed their own date 8th of November 2016 as the day she fix for the case for the worldwide leader of the indigenous people of Biafra mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Federal High Court Abuja.
“Nevertheless, we also observed that the BBC correspondent in Nigeria is from Daura that is why they don’t air Biafra news because he fills that his brother Gen. Muhammadu Buhari will be reduced by the indigenous people of Biafra IPOB worldwide.
“In line with this, the indigenous people of Biafra IPOB worldwide believes that there is no amount of blackmail, propaganda and intimidation that can stop the agitation for the Biafra process which God Almighty (Chukwu Okike Abiama) has ordained”, the statement said.

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