Nigerian Court Throws Out Five Charges Against IPOB Leader Nnamdi Kanu

Nnamdi Kanu still Faces 5 Charges Including Treasonable Felony & Terrorism

A Nigerian Federal High Court sitting in Nigeria’s capital Abuja, on Wednesday, threw out 5 of the charges preferred against the embattled pro-Biafra separatist and leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra ( IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu. The court ordered a fresh hearing on the remaining charges.

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Judge Binta Nyako quashed 5 of the 11 charges facing Nnamdi Kanu (photo above: right). IPOB is a separatist movement demanding the independence of the former eastern region (Eastern Nigeria, now comprising 9 states) known as Biafra (Republic of Biafra) coined from the former Bight of Biafra, now Bight of Benin. A former Nigerian military governor of the erstwhile Eastern Nigeria, later General Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu, declared the independence of Biafra in 1967, sparking a three-year bloody and fratricidal civil war (1967-1970). Biafra was reintegrated into Nigeria in 1970.

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Photo: An Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) supporter holds a photograph of IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu during a rally in Abuja, Nigeria, December 1, 2015. Kanu has been in detention since October 2015 | AFOLABI SOTUNDE/REUTERS

Judge Nyako dismissed charges against Kanu and his co-defendants — David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe. The dismissed charges contained the following allegations, to wit: they were researching how to develop improvised explosive devices (IEDs); they were illegally importing radio transmitting equipment into Nigeria; and they belonged to an illegal organization (movement) called IPOB.

Photos L-R: Biafra separatist & IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu in ‘Biafran military’ uniform | IPOB emblem

The separatists will still face 5 charges, including treasonable felony, terrorism, and possession of arms. Kanu and his co-defendants pleaded not guilty to the remaining charges, and the court adjourned the case to March 20, 2017.

The trial of a ‘Biafran’ continues . . .

©2017 Legal Report

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