Nnamdi Kanu pleads not guilty to amended terrorism charges

Nnamdi Kanu pleads not guilty to amended terrorism charges

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday, October 21, pleaded not guilty to the seven-count amended charge preferred against him by the Federal Government.

Nnamdi Kanu, who was re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja said he was innocent of all the allegations leveled against him by the Federal Government after the charge was read to him in the open court.

His re-arraignment came on a day the Department of State Services (DSS), blatantly refused to allow even a single journalist inside the courtroom.

Heavily armed security personnel had denied journalists, lawyers, as well as supporters of the IPOB leader access to the courtroom where the trial is going on.

The security personnel, including DSS operatives, insisted that their action was based on “order from above”.

Meanwhile, the pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has said the Federal Government is not serious; about the case against the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Afenifere said this on Wednesday, October 20, in reaction to the amended seven counts; that the Federal Government filed at the Federal High Court, Abuja against the IPOB leader.

Sola Ebiseni, the Afenifere National Secretary-General said it appeared that the government was confused on what to do.

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The Afenifere statement read in part, “With the amended seven counts against Nnamdi Kanu as released by the media; it appears the Federal Government has come to its wit’s end; in the case with the Biafran leader and self-determination agitations generally.

“Without prejudice to the determination of the case by the court; it is clear that its end will certainly compound agitations; on the national question, an ill-wind that will blow the Buhari administration and Nigeria no good.

“It is time that the Attorney -General, Abubakar Malami, exercised superintendence over his office as the chief law officer; and adviser of the Federal Government in a way that the interest of the nation; may be served than indulge in petty politicking; to massage the ego and pander to the personal idiosyncrasies of the President.”

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