The Federal Government has filed an amended seven-count charges against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
The fresh charges border on treasonable felony and terrorism following the pending charges he was facing since 2016.
Meanwhile, the court has issued hearing notice in the case billed to commence on Thursday, October 21.
The notice, served on Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor and that of the prosecution, Shuaibu Labaran, indicates that the court, presided by Justice Binta Nyako, made fresh directives on the conduct of the proceedings throughout the case.
“This case will be transferred from the General Cause List to the hearing paper for Thursday 21st October 2021 at 9 o’clock forenoon and will come on to be on that day if the business of the court permits or otherwise on some adjustment day of which you’ll receive no further notice,” the notice reads.
“If either party desires to postpone the hearing, he must apply to the court as soon as possible for that purpose and if the application is based on any matter of fact, he must be prepared to give proof of those facts.
“The parties are warned that at the hearing, they’re required to bring forward all the evidence by witnesses or by documents which each of them desires to rely on in support of his own case and in contradiction of that of his opponent.”
Meanwhile, the President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor has asked the Federal Government to ensure Kanu is produced in court on Thursday, October 21, 2021 to face trial rather than keep him endlessly in detention without prosecution.
In a statement Monday, Ohanaeze Ndigbo World-Wide National Publicity Secretary, Alex Ogbonnia, quoted
Obiozor as noting that bringing Kanu to court would prove to the global community that “he is not only hale and hearty, but that shady judicial process is not contemplated while on trial.”
He said not until some of the issues of “obvious injustice against the Igbo are seen to be addressed, the chains of catastrophe that threaten the corporate existence of Nigeria may well-nigh be inevitable”.
“Emphatically, we need not look elsewhere to know that IPOB is simply an exponent of Igbo collective sentiments and predicaments in our tortuous journey and an unquantifiable sacrifice for one Nigeria.”
He said Ohanaeze considered dialogue and political solution as the only workable options open to the Presidency “and indeed all men and women of goodwill that desire peace and sustainable growth for Nigeria.”
Also Monday, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah (Anambra South) filed a motion on notice before a Federal High Court in Abuja seeking an order to allow him access to the Department of State Services detention facility to visit Kanu.
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