A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has dismissed six of the eleven count charges leveled against the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, as well as three other accused persons.
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal high court dismissed the counts for lack of proof of evidence. The charges dismissed included charges three, five, seven, nine and 11 respectively.
Specifically, in count 11, she said claims by the prosecution that the defendants are researching how to make Improvised Explosive Devices cannot hold waters because there was no proof that they were doing it.
On count five which borders on belonging to an illegal organisation, Justice Nyako ruled that nothing was placed before the court to indicate that it was an illegal organisation.
On count seven which borders on the importation of radio transmission equipment, Justice Nyako also said that the prosecution did not furnish the court with any proof to suggest that the importation was illegal.
She, however, retained five other counts bothering on treason, terrorism, and possession of arms.
The accused persons will, therefore, be re-arraigned in court again on the remaining charges. This is the fifth time Nnamdi Kanu and his co-defendants are being re-arraigned.
On the issue of preventing journalists from covering the trial, Justice Nyako said she would report to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court because according to her, she never gave such orders to the security agencies.
Mr. Kanu is standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Members of the IPOB in the South-east have also held series of protests, demanding his release.
Former CBN governor, Chukwuma Soludo, and renowned professor of economics Pat Utomi recently joined the list of leasers calling for the release of the IPOB leader.
The academics under the aegis of ‘Nzuko Umunna’, a pan-Igbo group, called for the immediate release of their colleague in jail.
Making the call on Tuesday in Abuja on behalf of the Soludo said:
“We are a delegation of Nzuko Umunna, a panIgbo group. We visited Nnamdi Kanu to hear his own point of view as well as share our own point of view with him.
“We believe that Nigeria has the potential to be great, and like most countries has its own challenges. Nigeria has never been more divided than now. Most discerning patriots have come to the conclusion that Nigeria has currently structured is destined to be a failed state.
“We demand the urgent release of Nnamdi Kanu, and his colleagues as part of the process of engineering a new Nigeria. No citizen of Nigeria deserves the treatment that is being meted to Nnamdi Kanu and his colleagues. Nnamdi Kanu is not above the law, and he should not be put below the law.”