FG Amends Terrorism Charges Against IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu
The amended charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, was entered before the Federal High Court in Abuja, and contained all earlier sustained allegations against the IPOB leader.
As a result of the amended charges, it is to be argued whether the Federal Government could proceed to re-arraign the IPOB leader on the amended charges despite the October 13 judgement.
KanyiDaily recalls that the Court of Appeal had discharged Kanu of all the allegations as well as appeals on the subject matter still pending before the Supreme Court.
However, the FG, in the new amended charges alleged that Kanu had issued a deadly threat via a broadcast, heard and received across the country that anyone who disobeyed his sit-at-home order in the south-eastern states should write his or her will.
It also contended that the resulting effect of the broadcast had caused banks, schools, markets, shopping malls, fuel stations in the eastern states part of the country to shut down their business operations affecting citizens and leading to grounding of vehicular movements.
The FG further alleged that Kanu had between 2018 and 2021, made inciting broadcasts, received and heard in Nigeria, instigating the public to hunt and kill Nigerian security personnel and their family members, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 1 (2) (h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.
Furthermore, the FG alleged that Kanu had, between the March and April 2015, imported into Nigeria and kept in Ubulisiuzor in Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, a radio transmitter known as Tram 50L, concealed in a container of used household items, thereby, committing an offence contrary to section 47 (2) (a) of Criminal Code Act Cap, C45 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, adding that he also directed members of IPOB “to manufacture bombs.
Meanwhile, Justice Binta Nyako has invited counsel to the Federal Government and Kanu, to come on Monday and address her on whether in view of the Court of Appeal judgment releasing Kanu, he could still be arraigned on the amended charge.
This comes a few days after Nnamdi Kanu approached the Supreme Court to set aside the ruling of the Court of Appeal staying the execution of the court’s judgment discharging him.