The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu was on Tuesday re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja.
The Federal Government re-arraigned Kanu before Justice Nyako on an
amended 11-count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony and
publication of defamatory matter, following the withdrawal of the former
trial judge, Justice John Tsoho of the same court.
Recall that Justice Tsoho had in September withdrew from the ongoing trial of the
Director of Radio Biafra over allegation of bias levelled against him by Kanu’s legal team.
Following Tsoho’s withdrawal, the case file was transferred to Justice Nyako.
At today’s resumed hearing, Kanu, who was re-arraigned alongside
Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, however,
pleaded not guilty to the amended charges.
Against the backdrop of Kanu’s not guilty plea, Nyako fixed November
17 to hear the bail applications filed by lawyers to the accused
Earlier, counsel to all accused persons, Chucks Muoma , SAN, Inalegwu
Adoga, E.I Esene and Maxwel Okpara, lamented that the prosecution was
bent on frustrating the case through unnecessary delay tactics.
Reacting to the counsels’ complaint, Nyako said since the case was
before her for the first time, she was not interested in what had
happened in the past.
“The case is coming before me for the first time, so let us start on a
clean slate, forget what happened previously,” Nyako said.
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