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Biafra: Kanu faces treasonable felony plus five other charges

The Federal Government has filed six counts including treasonable felony against the founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, before a Federal High Court in Abuja.

Two other persons charged along with Kanu are Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.

The fresh case against Kanu was filed on Friday, barely 24 hours after another judge of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, ordered Kanu’s unconditional release from the custody of the Department of State Services.

The fresh charges were filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mohammed Diri, for the Attorney General of the Federation.

Justice Ademola ordered the DSS to release Kanu unconditionally since there were no pending charges against him about two months after his detention.

But instead of releasing him, the Federal Government filed fresh charges against him on Friday.

The fresh case was listed to come up before Justice Ahmed Mohammed on Tuesday, it was however stalled due to the absence of the prosecution in court.

The judge later clarified that there was a mix-up because the hearing notice was not served on the prosecution.

While Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, was in court on Tuesday, the accused were not produced but there was heavy presence of policemen around the court, a usual feature which signified the hearing date of high profile cases.

No date has been fixed for the arraignment of the accused persons on the six counts filed before Justice Ahmed Mohammed last Friday, but Ejiofor said he would file a bail application for his client by Wednesday.

Kanu and the two others were charged with treasonable felony, an offence the prosecution says is punishable under Section 41(C) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

The prosecution also accused the three men of managing an unlawful society – the Indigenous People of Biafra.


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