Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Heavy Security Presence In Court For Nnamdi Kanu's Arraignment

A Federal High Court in Abuja is currently experiencing heavy security presence following the arraignment of the director of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Outside the court premises, scores of heavily armed police officers were seen jumping down from a long truck.

While the accused person is yet to be brought to the court, both uninformed and uninformed security operatives can be seen littered around the court house.

On Friday, December 18, after a court’s order that Kanu should be released immediately and unconditionally, the Nigerian government filed fresh charges against the Biafra agitator.

The six-count charges bordering on illegal possession of arms and treasonable felony is expected to be heard before Justice A. R. Mohammed.

However, as at the time of filing this story, checked the court’s cause list the case was not yet registered.

But the court clerk told that once there is an order from the judge, the case can be listed.

Kanu was arrested by operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) on Wednesday, October 14 in Lagos on his arrival to Nigeria from the United Kingdom.

He was earlier charged for criminal intimidation of the Nigeria government among others at a Magistrate Court in Abuja.

The court later discharged and struck out all cases against kanu after the SSS applied for the discontinuation of the case for lack of jurisdiction by the Magistrate Court to entertain the matter.

Also on Thursday, December 17, the Federal High Court presided over by Ademola Adeniyi ordered an immediate and unconditional release of the accused.

Meanwhile, Vincent Egechukwu Obetta, counsel to the detained director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, had also accused the federal government of instituting unnecessary legal bottlenecks to frustrate his release.

In a related development, a statement signed by MASSOB leader Uchenna Madu in Enugu on Wednesday, and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) accused Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state of involvement in the killings of people who were jubilating following the release Nnamadi Kanu on bail in front of Abuja Federal High Court.