COURT DISMISSES NAMADI KANU ON SIX COUNT CHARGES, RE-ARRAINS HIM FOR TREASONABLE FELONY

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[Abuja]–Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, has dismissed six charges brought against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamadi Kanu, but is about to re-arraign him on charges related to treasonable felony.

The struck out charges contained in Counts 3, 5, 7, and 10, are those related to management of unlawful organisation, intention to manufacture bomb, improper importation of a radio transmitter.

The judge, in striking out the charge of management of unlawful organisation held that the prosecution had failed to show that IPOB was either unlawful, unregistered or had been proscribed.

Mohammed Diri, director of public prosecution (DPP), had filed the charges against Kanu and two others, last year. In Nigeria, Felony is punishable under section 41(C) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP C38 laws of the federation of Nigeria.

The charge-sheet read in part: “That you, Nnamdi Kanu and other unknown persons, now at large, at London, United Kingdom, between 2014 and September, 2015 with intention to levy war against Nigeria in order to force the President to change his measures of being the President of the Federation, Head of State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federation as defined in Section 3 of the Constitution of the Federal Re- public of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) by doing an act to wit: Broadcast on Radio Biafra your preparations for the states in the South- East geo-political zone, South-South geo-political zone, the Igala Community of Kogi State and the Idoma/Igede Community of Benue State to secede from the Federal Republic of Nigeria and form themselves into a Republic of Biafra, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 41(C) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”

Giving the particulars of the offence, the Attorney- General said: “That you, Nnamdi Kanu and others, now at large, between 2012 and September, 2015 at South-East geo-political zone and the South-South geo-political zone of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court manage an unlawful society with more than 10 members to wit: unregistered with the Corporate Affairs Commission or any other registration au- thority to wit. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) thereby committed an offence which is punishable under Section 63 of the Criminal Code Act, CAP C38, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”




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