The charges against Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, have been amended by the federal government.
The Federal Government listed some lawyers representing IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu as accomplices of the defendant, according to a lawyer for the IPOB leader who made this known.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Maxwell Opara are among the lawyers accused of being indicted by the Federal Government.
The government claimed that the indicted lawyers were in constant contact with Nnamdi Kanu after he allegedly jumped bail and fled the country, according to an IPOB legal team member.
Nnamdi Kanu, who is currently in custody at the Federal High Court in Abuja, is expected to face new charges.
On April 8, the Federal Government was found not guilty of the charge that the IPOB leader was kidnapped and taken abroad to stand trial.
In a ruling, Nyako stated that rendition for the purpose of criminal investigation is legal.
Nyako explained that because Kanu was wanted on a bench warrant, he could be arrested and brought to court wherever he was seen.
“Return for the purpose of criminal investigation is permitted.”
“In this case, the defendant is wanted on a bench warrant” (Kanu). “Suffice to say, he is a fugitive from justice,” she explained.
The judge dismissed Kanu’s motion to dismiss the terrorism charge, but upheld seven counts in the federal government’s new charge against the IPOB leader.
According to Nyako, the federal government had been able to establish some allegations against Kanu in counts one, two, three, four, five, eight, and 15 through the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.
“Some allegations are shown in counts one, two, three, four, five, eight, and fifteen. She ruled, “The court shall proceed to try the defendant (Kanu) on those counts.”
She concluded that about eight of the 15 counts appeared to be similar and did not disclose action after reviewing them.
As a result, she ordered that counts 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14 be struck out.
Nyako also ruled that the order declaring IPOB a terrorist organization remained in effect until it was vacated because the case was still pending.
She dismissed Kanu’s lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SANargument ,’s that whether or not IPOB was a terrorist organization under Nigerian law was still up for debate.
The hearing in this case is still ongoing as of the time of filing this report.