The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has just struck out the newly amended six-count charge proffered against Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal Government, following the withdrawal of the charge by the FG.
The withdrawal came after Kanu’s counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) complained to the court that the prosecution is trying to delay processes by continuous amendment of the charge against his client.
He noted that the amended charge was served on him, barely 48 hours to the court proceeding.
He maintained that FG introduced fresh issues in the amended charge, including additional documents and proof of evidence that was not originally attached to the case.
Justice Nyako concurred to Ozekhome’s submission, stating that Kanu is not expected to take plea on those newly amended charges immediately, as he needs time to digest them before doing so.
She went ahead and struck out the six-count amended charge brought against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to pave way for the Federal Government to open its case against Kanu.
It had earlier been reported that the government, a few hours to the hearing of Kanu’s bail application, amended the treasonable felony charges against the IPOB leader.
This had been made known by Aloy Ejimakor, Kanu’s Special Counsel, saying the seven-count charge was amended.
The IPOB leader is facing charges of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism, and illegal possession of firearms, among others.
Story: Hilda Katu
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