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.

Delta Arewa Community Condemns Alleged Attack By IPOB Members

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FILE: Members of IPOB during one of their protests.

The Arewa Community in Asaba, Delta State has condemned the recent attack on their members by the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), calling on the state government and security operatives to help ensure the security of lives and property of its people.

Briefing the press in Asaba, Chairman of Moslem Association of Nigeria (South South and South East Zone), Mr. Mohammed Nduka Elunor, said they were forced to speak out after the recent attack by IPOB members.

Mr. Elunor alleged that on Monday 30th May 2016, a group of IPOB members invaded and vandalised their mosque at Cable Point, killing two of their members in the process, even as security agents are yet to apprehend any of the suspects.

Mr. Elunor accused the state government of handling the Fulani herdsmen terrors with kid gloves, maintaining that “the state government has not really addressed the issue of the Fulani herdsmen, they have only addressed the issue on a surface, very wrong and it cannot work”.

The Chairman further called on the Delta State government and security operatives to urgently address the issue to avoid counter reaction, as they are now living in fear.

However, in a swift reaction, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Delta State Police Command, Douglas Agbonleni, said the incident was not reported to the police and assured that the police will continue to ensure security of lives and property.

Speaking on the side of Government, the Chief Press Secretary to the state Governor, Mr. Charles Aniagwu, said there should be no room for fear as the Ifeanyi Okowa-led government is fully determined and responsible for the protection of lives of all who reside and conduct business in Delta state.

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.