A Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), till Wednesday after he objected to the fresh charges brought against him by the Federal Government.
Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Adjourned
On Monday, January 17, the Federal Government had filed fresh eight charges against Nnamdi Kanu who was initially facing seven-count charge, increasing the charges to 15 counts bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.
At the resumed hearing held on Tuesday, Mike Ozekhome, who has just taken over as Kanu’s lead counsel, objected to his client taking a plea on the amended charge.
Ozekhome sought for time to enable him study the amended 15-count charge filed by the prosecution on January 17, 2022.
Ozekhome argued that the defence was ambushed with the fresh charges by the prosecution. He claimed that the proof of evidence served on the defence by the prosecution was not legible enough to enable them know what constitutes the fresh charge.
Lead prosecuting lawyer, Magaji Labaran faulted the Ozekhome’s claim that the amended charge was an ambush.
Labaran also faulted the defence’s claim of Kanu not being properly fed, allowed to practise his religion and allowed free access to his family members.
He however did not object to the defence’s request for and adjournment, following which the judge, Justice Binta Nyako adjourned till January 19 for arraignment on the amended charge.
KanyiDaily had earlier reported how Nnamdi Kanu arrived at the Federal High Court in Abuja amidst tight security as operatives of the Department of State Services frisked journalists and lawyers who come to witness his trial today before Justice Nyako.