The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been adjourned to November 10, 2021. This was after Kanu pleaded not guilty to the seven-count amended charge preferred against him by the Federal Government.
The IPOB leader said he was innocent of all the allegations FG levelled against him after the charge was read to him in the open court.
While adjoining the matter, trial Judge Justice Binta Nyako also directed that Kanu be kept at the Department of State Services (DSS) facility.
WHAT HAPPENED IN COURT
Kanu was ushered into the courtroom at precisely 10am on Thursday by security operatives.
The IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu was re-arraigned by the Federal Government on a 7-count amended charge bordering on allegation of terrorism and treasonable felony. Since his re-arrest by the Federal Government, this is the first time Kanu will be arraigned in open court with his lawyers present.
His foreign Counsel in Nigeria, Bruce Fein, was also in court to witness the trial.
Similarly, a few Journalists were accredited and given access to the courtroom.
The IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu, clad in all-white attire, was docked before Justice Nyako. He pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
After the plea taking, the defence counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, moved the defendant’s application to the Kuje correctional facility instead of the DSS – a request turned down by the trial judge.
NNAMDI KANU SUPPORTERS THRONGED THE COURT
Supporters of Nnamdi Kanu expectedly turned out in their numbers to show solidarity with the IPOB leader.
Representatives of apex Igbo socio-cultural group Ohaneze Ndigbo were also in court. Notable among the Igbo leaders in court was former Anambra state Governor Chief Chukwemeka Ezeife. But there was heavy security around the premises of the Federal high court to maintain order until Kanu was marshalled in by armed security operatives.
Recall that Kanu, a Nigerian-born British citizen, was arrested and returned to Nigeria to continue his trial in June. Abubakar Malami SAN, Nigeria’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General, told newsmen on June 29 that Kanu was arrested by INTERPOL in an African country.
Until his arrest, Nnamdi Kanu was accused of running a pirate radio station from London where he allegedly called for secession and encouraged his supporters to commit acts of terrorism in Nigeria.