Out of the blue, the Magistrate Court sitting in Abuja has struck out all counts of criminal conspiracy and ownership of an unlawful society being the suits filed against the founder of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu by the federal government.
This happened on Wednesday as the Magistrate of the Chief Magistrate Court, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, Shuaibu Usman, “discharged” Nnamdi Kanu, upon the decision of the Department of State Services (DSS) to withdraw the case at the lower court for a higher court. This they did via the counsel to the State Security Services, Bar. Moses Idakwo. Their reason is to transfer to a higher court which have the jurisdiction to try him over the fresh charges that has been brought against him. It should be recalled that the DSS only yesterday, trumped up fresh charges against the Biafra group front-man.
Magistrate Shuaibu Usman was scheduled to deliver judgment on the application of the DSS on December 1, but he put it off until December 16, and citing section 108 of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act, he ruled that:
“The accused person is hereby discharged and the case struck out.”
But this reprieve was temporary as the DSS got an order from the Federal High Court, Abuja, to keep Mr. Kanu in detention. However, his counsel, Vincent Obetta, filed a counter application, seeking bail for the accused person which will be ruled on by Thursday. The Radio Biafra director continued to remain in DSS detention despite the magistrate court granting him bail in October.
This ‘discharge’ may not be entire as he still has a long court suit ahead since the matter has been moved to a higher court. Mr. Idakwo asked the Federal High court to disregard a bail application by Mr. Kanu through his counsel, Vincent Obeta, as the gravity of the case involving his client was now weightier – treason.
Whether this will come as a relieve to the protesting members of the IPOP and MASSOB is left to be seen.
Meanwhile, one Prince Darlington Chukwubuikem has said through the Radio Biafra Facebook page that he cannot wish anyone “Merry Christmas” this season until Biafra is actualized and Nnamdi Kanu is freed. Read below:
“This season, as people are busy traveling back to their countries, states of origin, LGAs, towns and villages to celebrate this Xmas seasons with family and friends.
“We the (Biafrans) have our own villages, towns, states without yet our own country (biafra) our Leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is under detention in the hand of the Nigeria oppressive government because he is fighting for all of us (IPOB) to have a nation of ours where we can proudly call our home.
“How can we the (Biafrans) sing the Lord God’s song in a foreign land?
“I personally cannot say Merry Xmas to anyone this year because without the freedom of Biafrans and that of our Leader, Mazi (Nnamdi Kanu). There is nothing to (merry) in this Xmas.
“While we push harder, pray harder, protest and work for his release and our absolute freedom, I have only this end of the year 2015 prayers and wishes to all Biafrans worldwide.
“It’s simple, just as it was written in the Holy Bible and I quote –
“After the war, the Israelites came to Moses and said, We counted and “No one is missing” (Num. 31 vs 49). So shall it be unto Biafrans across the globe.
“From now till December 31st 2015, I pray, decree and declare that none of your family member shall be missing as we all shall see 2016 January to December.
“Those travelling by air, by train, land and sea shall all get to their destinations! There shall be no accident on their way because they are the chosen children of the Most High God, (Biafrans). (Umu Chineke) Iseeeeee.
“And I decree that untimely death will never visit your home as we look forward to march into our great nation (Biafra) in the name of Chukwu Okike Abiama, Iseeeeee.
If you love your “IPOB” family members, share this simple prayer with them.
I love this nation Biafra with passion. I love you all from the depth of my heart.