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IPOB Leader, Kanu Pleads Not Guilty To Treasonable Felony Charge

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday adjourned the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, till November 10.

Trial Justice Binta Nyako fixed the date after the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) informed the court that it had filed a fresh seven-count charge against Kanu.

After the fresh counts were read to him, Kanu pleaded not guilty. He also challenged the competence of the charge and the court’s jurisdiction to try the case in a fresh application.

THE NATION NEWSPAPER gathered that Kanu requested to be transferred to the Kuje Correctional Centre in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). 

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However, Justice Nyako declined and directed that three people of his choice should be allowed to visit him in the DSS custody on Thursdays.

The amended charges include secession threat, description of President Mohammadu Buhari as a terrorist and idiot; being member of IPOB and inciting IPOB members to kill security operatives.

Kanu had been granted bail in April 2017 on health grounds. But, he skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.

IPOB was subsequently declared a terrorist group by the Federal Government.

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