Soludo, Utomi, Others Call For Nnamdi Kanu’s Release

Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB, Chukwuma Soludo, Pat UtomiA former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, and Professor Pat Utomi, are demanding the immediate release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Both men spoke on Tuesday at a media briefing in Abuja under the aegis of the Nzuko Umunna, a group of Igbo professionals.

They also condemned the alleged killing of IPOB members in the southeast and urged states where the alleged killings took place to set up a panel of inquiry in their various states.

The call for Kanu’s release followed a series of protests, including that of members of the IPOB in Southeast Nigeria.

The pro-Biafra leader was arrested in Lagos on 14 October, 2015 and has been held in prison since then, despite various court orders that ruled for his release.

Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja had declined to release the detainee on bail in his ruling in January 2016.

The court also denied bail to two other pro-Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, who are facing trial with Kanu.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) had also called for his release, based on the court rulings which granted him bail on three occasions.

The National Chairman of APGA, Mr Victor Oye, asked the government to obey the rule of law in the prosecution of the case.

Court Bars Journalists From Covering Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial

Nnamdi KanuA court in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, has barred reporters from covering the trial of the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

There is huge presence of security personnel at the trial of the pro-Biafra leader taking place at the Federal High Court, with the officials denying journalists and visitors entry.

Only close family members are allowed into the court by security operatives.

The trial Judge, Justice Binta Nyako, in December ruled that witnesses would be given some degree of protection.

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Trial is holding behind screen guard to bar reports from taking pictures of witnesses

The trial is presently being held behind a screen guard, as journalists can only hear the witnesses, lawyers and the trial judge but cannot see them.

Mr Kanu and three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe are standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to an unlawful society.

They have pleaded not guilty to the charges.

He was arrested in Lagos on 14 October, 2015 and has been held in prison since then despite various court orders that ruled for his release.

Members of the IPOB in the southeast have also held series of protests, demanding his release.

Nnamdi Kanu Takes Case To ECOWAS Court

Nnamdi Kanu, ECOWAS CourtThe detained self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu, has taken quest for freedom to the ECOWAS Court of Justice in Abuja.

Mr Kanu is demanding the release of his personal belongings allegedly seized during his arrest and a monetary compensation of 800 million dollars for alleged violation of his liberties.

He is also asking the court to compel the federal government and their agents to respect, protect and promote his human rights.

Hearing in the case has been fixed for November 8, 2016.

Kanu alongside his co-accused, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi are facing a six-count charge of treasonable felony, brought against them by the Nigerian government.

A Federal High Court judge in Abuja had in September withdrawn from the case.

Mr Kanu had filed a petition against Justice Tsoho before the National Judicial Council over alleged judicial rascality.

Justice James Tsoho said that he had no personal interest in Kanu’s trial and would return the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta for reassignment.

Judge Withdraws From Nnamdi Kanu’s Case

Nnamdi Kanu, CourtA Federal High Court judge in Abuja has withdrawn from the case filed by the federal government against the self-acclaimed leader of IPOB, Mr Nnamdi Kanu.

Justice James Tsoho said that he would return the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta for reassignment.

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra had earlier petitioned Justice Tsoho before the National Judicial Council over alleged judicial rascality.

At the resumed trial, Mr Kanu’s lead counsel Chuks Muoma brought an application claiming that the court was biased in the manner it has so far handled the matter.

They alleged that the court had, in the course of its ruling on April 26 2016, openly expressed serious prejudice against a member of the defence team, adding that it will be in the interest of justice for the application to be granted, to preserve the sanctity of the judicial office.

In his ruling, Justice Tsoho said that he had no personal interest in Kanu’s trial and would be returning the case file for reassignment.

Kanu alongside his co-accused, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi are facing a six-count charge of treasonable felony, brought against them by the federal government.

 

Court Refuses To Release Kanu’s Travel Documents, Cash

kanuThe self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu, has lost his bid to compel a Federal High Court to release the sum of $2,200 and 7,000 Naira as well as his travel documents.

The items were retrieved from him when he was arrested by the Department of State Services (DSS).

Mr Kanu, through his lawyer, Mr Chris Momah, had told the court that the said items did not form part of the evidence listed by the prosecution as evidence in the case.

Trial judge, Justice James Tsoho, declined the request on the ground that it was not filed at the appropriate time in the case and that the prosecution is at liberty to determine and use whatever evidence, it wants to use to prove its case.

Court Denies Nnamdi Kanu Bail

KanuJustice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja has declined to release the detained self-acclaimed leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu‎ on bail.

‎In a ruling on Friday, the court also denied bail to two other pro-Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, who are facing trial with Kanu.

‎Justice Tsoho maintained that the charge against the defendants could attract severe punishment upon conviction.

The trial of Nnamdi Kanu and the two other accused persons has been fixed for the 6th to 12th of February.

At the hearing on Monday, Mr Kanu, through his counsel, had told the court that the offense for which he was standing trial was a bailable one.

However, the Director of Public Prosecution, who represented the Federal Government, asked the court to refuse bail on the grounds that the offence for which Mr Kanu and his co-accused were standing trial was a serious offense.

He also told the court that if granted bail, the accused would interfere with witnesses and evidence.

In the week before, a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja ordered that Mr Kanu, who had been on detention, be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.

Justice James Tsoho gave the order shortly after Mr Kanu and two others pleaded not guilty to a six-count charge of treasonable felony and illegal importation of a radio transmitter preferred against them by the Federal Government.

Pro-Biafra Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Remanded In Prison

nnamdi kanu- biafraA Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered that the detained leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB) be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.

Justice James Tsoho gave the order shortly after Nnamdi Kanu and two others pleaded not guilty to a six-count charge of treasonable felony and illegal importation of a radio transmitter‎ preferred against them by the Federal Government.

Mr Kanu entered a not guilty plea to a three-count charge of broadcasting materials aimed at causing Nigeria’s disintegration, managing an unlawful society known as IPOB and importing into Nigeria a radio transmitter concealed in a container, said to contain household items.

Kanu’s co-accused, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, also pleaded not guilty to a three-count charge of assisting Kanu to manage an unlawful society, accepting and keeping a radio transmitter belonging to Kanu and being in possession of a pump action gun without lawful authority.

The Prosecutor, Mohammed Diri,‎ informed the court that the prosecution has completed its investigation and is ready for trial.

Following the prosecutor’s submission, the defence team, led by Mr Chuks Muoma, made an oral application for his clients to be transferred to prison custody.

After listening to arguments for and against the application, Justice Tsoho ordered the accused persons to be remanded in Kuje Prisons and adjourned hearing of the bail application till January 25.

On Monday, some protesters in solidarity with the IPOB staged another protest in in Asaba, south-south Nigeria, calling for the release of Mr Kanu.

Protesters in the hundreds gathered in the early hours of the morning, chanting songs in solidarity with the IPOB.

During the protest, the Biafra supporters stormed the Asaba-Benin expressway, blocking one part of the road for several hours from the Federal Road Safety Corp junction through Summit Junction in Asaba the capital of Delta State.