The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has denied committing any of the 15-count terrorism charges levelled against him by the Federal Government.
Kanu made this denial on Wednesday, January 19, when the charges were read to him by the Registrar of the court, Mr A. O. Yahaya; during proceedings at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Presiding Justice Binta Nyako issued the order following the request of the Federal Government lawyer, Mr Shuaib Labaran, and no objection by Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) standing for Kanu.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has confirmed that the Department of the State Service (DSS) has provided Kanu; with an orthopedic mattress, pillows, blankets among others in compliance with the court order.
Labaran conveyed the news to Justice Nyako at the resumption of Kanu’s arraignment.
Justice Nyako has directed that clothes brought for Kanu by his family members be handed over to the Director of Legal Services of DSS to enable him to change his clothes.
Meanwhile, Rauf Aregbesola, Nigeria’s Minister of Interior, has reportedly issued a shoot-to-kill directive to prison guards for potential jailbreakers.
Aregbesola made the comments while addressing prison staff in Ibadan, Oyo State.
He was speaking to senior officers at the Agodi Custodial Centre on Monday, January 17, 2022. ‘‘Anyone who attempts to break out must not live to tell the tale,’’ the Minister was quoted as saying.
The directive comes as Nigeria battles a succession of daring prison breaks; which have compounded the worrisome security situation in the country.
Over the past year armed groups have attacked various prisons, enabling more 5,000 inmates to escape. A number of prison guards and detainees have also been killed, the BBC noted.
However, the medium says rights activists have expressed concern that the new policy may be abused by the security forces.
The slow judicial system in the country means that about three quarters of almost 70,000 inmates are awaiting trial; a factor Aregbesola says is partly responsible for the frequent jailbreaks. Specifically, the Minister revealed that about two thirds of the 1,001 inmates at the Agodi Custodial Centre were awaiting trial – in a facility designed to hold 400 prisoners.