Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu’s Court Update March 1st, 2017

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Abacityblog correspondent reporting live from the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has arrived the Federal High Court Abuja, as court resumes hearing of the case of the IPOB leader alongside his co-defendants- Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawusi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe.

Nnamdi Kanu's Court Update March 1st, 2017
Nnamdi Kanu

Scores of pro-Biafrans are seen outside the court premises chanting solidarity songs and praying for the victory of Nnamdi Kanu and co-defendants. Military trucks, highly equipped security officials and police dogs have been mounted within and outside the court premises.

The judge handling the case, Hon. Ms Binta Nyako and both the prosecuting and defense counsels are already present in court as proceedings is set to commence any moment from now.

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The High Court is expected to give its ruling on the application filed by Nnamdi Kanu and co-defendants praying the court to quash the ‘treasonable felon’ charges leveled against them by the Nigeria government who have been unable substantiate the allegations.

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The Nigeria government had told the court that it can only provide evidence for the case unless the court allows for a secret trial or masquerading of witnesses.

UPDATE:

Court dismissed the charges of IPOB being an unlawful society. 6 of the 11 counts have been struck out. Fresh pleas are to be taken.

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JUDGE BLASTS DSS OVER SUPPRESSION OF JOURNALISTS COVERING KANU’S TRIAL

Hon. Justice Binta Nyako has reacted swiftly to the complaint put forward by the counsel representing Nnamdi Kanu over the continuous intimidation and suppression of journalists who are present to cover the court proceedings of the trial of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and his co-defendants.


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After the introduction of the counsels, Hon. Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor rose and queried why despite court ruling on January 3, 2017, overruling secret trial and permitting journalists to cover the court proceedings, the security agents have however continued with their high handed approach by refusing entrance to the journalists and confiscating media equipment in the process.

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“My lord, on January 3, 2017, you gave an order that journalists should be allowed inside the court, but the DSS and other security agents stopped them,” Barrister Ejiofor lamented.

The prosecuting counsel, S. I Labaran objected and told the court that the security officials are merely “carrying out their duties”.

The presiding judge, Binta Nyako however informed both counsels that her previous rulings on easy passage of journalists’ remains unchanged, and noted that she is monitoring the actions of the security agents and will intervene at the appropriate time.

More details coming…


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