The Federal Government has filed an amended seven-count against the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
1st News learned that the amended charge was filed; by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on Monday, October 18.
The charges border on treasonable felony; and the alleged involvement of Nnamdi Kanu in acts of terrorism.
Meanwhile, the lawmaker representing Anambra North senatorial district in the National Assembly, Senator Ifeanyi Uba, has filed a suit at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
In the motion of notice dated October 15, the lawmaker is seeking an order to be allowed to visit Nnamdi Kanu who is in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
He prayed for an order granting him leave to visit the detained IPOB leader, as part of his legislative oversight function; and to ascertain his alleged involvement in the unrest in the South East as being alleged.
In an affidavit personally deposed to by Senator Uba, the lawmaker stated that there has been serious agitation aimed at pressing home his release and this has degenerated into a proclamation of sit-at-home orders in the region; a situation which he said was crippling the economy of the South East.
At the DSS detention facility, he was refused access to the defendant and directed to approach the court to obtain permission before he could be allowed to see Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu was first arrested in 2015 on charges bordering on terrorism; treasonable felony; managing an unlawful society; publication of defamatory matter; illegal possession of firearms, and improper importation of goods, among others.
He was initially detained and arraigned in court; but he fled the country in 2017 after he was granted bail for medical reasons.
The embattled IPOB leader was later sighted in Israel; but he was intercepted on June 27 and repatriated to Nigeria; to face the charges for which he was arrested – about four years since he jumped bail.
His repatriation followed an operation conducted by Nigerian security operatives in collaboration with international partners.