Police Parade Suspected IPOB Members Over Killing Of Inspector

 

Police authorities on Sunday paraded 33 suspected members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) in connection with the killing of a police inspector in Anambra State.

According to the police, the inspector was killed on Friday, November 23, during a protest by the IPOB members in Nnewi, Anambra State.

The police force public relations officer, Jimoh Moshood, during the parade of the suspects at the state police headquarters in Awka, Anambra State capital said the suspects were arrested near the teaching hospital in Owerri road while causing public disturbance and disrupting public peace in Nnewi.

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Moshood added that the killing of a police officer and setting ablaze of a police patrol vehicle constitute a crime under the terrorism prevention amendment act 2013 and insisted that IPOB remains proscribed.

Some of the suspects, however, said they are innocent adding that they were arrested while going about their lawful duties.

The police command in Anambra State had earlier on Saturday arrested the suspected members of IPOB over reported attack on police officers and murder of a police inspector in Nnewi.

Police spokesperson in the state, Haruna Mohammed in a statement on Saturday said the IPOB members attacked the police officers with stone and machetes and one police inspector was killed in the process.

Haruna also said two AK 47 rifles and one Beretta Pistol loaded with ammunition were snatched from the Police by the IPOB members.

South-east Governors To Meet FG Over Nnamdi Kanu

South-east Governors To Meet FG Over Nnamdi Kanu's Release
Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

The continuous detention of the self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has been on the front runner of discussions among the Governors of the five states in Nigeria’s South-east region.

The leaders, who met for the second time in 2017 at the Government House in Enugu State, announced their resolve to engage relevant authorities at the Federal level and the region to address the issue.

The Chairman of the forum and Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, told reporters that other issues discussed at the meeting include ecological problems facing the region and economic integration among others.

The meeting comes barely two weeks after the Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, called on the Federal Government to consider the release of the self-acclaimed IPOB leader.

Governor Okorocha attributed Kanu’s actions to youthful exuberance, saying he believes that his continued detention is a distraction.

He added that some leaders in the South-east region are already coming together to make a case for his release and would caution his actions afterwards.

Mr Kanu was arrested in 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 South-east have also held series of protests, demanding his release.

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.

Drama As Police Charge Arrested Pro-Biafra Agitators

massobThe uproar generated by the recent rally by acclaimed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State is yet to settle.

Thirty-seven of the arrested persons were on Monday arraigned before the Magistrate Court amid tight security.

Lined up for procession into the court, they continued to chant Biafra slogans, as security operatives tried to control the situation.

There was tension, as the accused persons arrived at the premises of the Rivers State High Court complex in Port Harcourt.

Lawyer to the group, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, engaged a security officer in an argument over an issue relating to the way and manner his clients were being handled.

While the argument was on, the IPOB members were led in a single file into the Magistrate Court room.

The prosecutor is pushing charges of treason and conspiracy to overthrow the Nigerian state in a matter between the accused and the Commissioner of Police.

When the case was called, the suspects pleaded not guilty.

The magistrate then remanded them in prison and adjourned the matter to the January 30 for cross-examination.

Outside the courtroom, lawyer to the accused expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling of the court.

“As at the last count, we have over 20 of them that have been killed and over 200 arrested.

“We are in court today to seek their release. In a smart move, the police have brought charges that I can describe as frivolous against them, to cover what they have done.

“We have, however, argued on the merit and demerit of the charge because in the first place, the charge filed in this court is baseless and unfounded. There is no material or fact in this charge.

“And the law is very clear, when there is a charge of capital offence with serious punishment brought before a court without jurisdiction, the court is to first of all inquire on the matter of jurisdiction before remanding the accused in prison,” Mr Ejiofor told reporters.

One of the prosecutors said he was not willing to join words with the lawyer to the accused.

While the IPOB members made their way into a waiting van, they continued to sing solidarity songs, showing no signs of slowing down.

Hundreds of acclaimed members of the IPOB from the South-south and south-east zones had gathered on Friday in Port Harcourt in support of the US President, Donald Trump.

The IPOB members, who said they were on a peaceful rally in support of who they referred to as “our man”, were abruptly dispersed by army officers and other security operatives, on Aba Road in the Rivers State capital.

Some of the protesters claimed they were attacked by security operatives, leading to many of them sustaining injuries.

Many of those who resisted the security operatives were arrested and their flags confiscated.

They were carrying flags with pictures of Donald Trump and the acclaimed leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

The IPOB supporters said they will continue to believe in their dream of the nation of biafra. the walk took them through some major streets in port harcourt.

Police Arrest Female Suspect Who Cleans Expiry Date On Food Products

wiping expiry date and repackaged food productsPolice have arrested a suspect in Abia State allegedly involved in repackaging of expired food products.

Described as a worrisome act, the police said Nnenna Sunday, 28, has perfected the act of using chemicals to erase batch production numbers and expiry dates on snacks.

It is an act that endangers the lives of the buyers of the expired products, but yet reinforces the need for everyone to check well before buying any food product.

“My Hands Are Clean”

After her arrest, she claimed to be innocent and obeying the orders of her boss.

“I did not do anything. They have been doing it before I came. I am not the first or the second. I do not understand this type of temptation.

“My hands are clean. Police saw us wiping out the expiry dates on the snacks and it is my oga (boss) that asked me to do it because that is how he has been doing it before he employed me,” the suspect said.

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Some of the expired products seized by the police

She further claimed to have joined the company recently and do not know the boss very  well, but many onlookers at the scene questioned what her conscience had told her while she engaged in the act.

The arrest, according to the police was part of its determination to continue the implementation of the anti-crime strategies which are proactive in nature and geared towards ensuring a safe and secured environment for inhabitant of Abia State.

The Abia State Police Command that made the arrest reiterated its readiness to sustain the fight against heinous criminal activities by improving on the existing security strategies which include visibility policing, raiding of criminal hideouts, intelligence led policing amongst many others.

While parading the lady and other suspects in Umuahia arrested by the state police command, the Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, told reporters that some were suspected fraudsters.

He disclosed that the Area commanders, Divisional Police Officers and all specialised outfit in the command had been reminded to re-invigorate and re-engineer the aggressive anti-crime strategies to ensure a free environment.

Mr Adeleye called on every citizen to partner with the police to maintain a peaceful atmosphere and warned that procession from any group in whatever name would not be tolerated in the state as the fundamental right of all citizens must be protected.

This is coming just as members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had staged a rally they said was to support ‘their man’, President Donald Trump.

“I want to appreciate all those that are partnering with the police, I have said it that we are going to practice reassurance policing.

“It is part of reassurance policing that the members of the public gives us information and we use the information to combat the crime and menace of armed robbers on the highways,

“I want to encourage everybody to be security conscious. Security is everybody’s business. Please, feel free to report any strange face or movement to the nearest police.

“I am also using this opportunity to warn on the members of the Movement for Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and IPOB to ensure that they do not come out to negate the constitutional provision of this country called Nigeria.

“This is because they can never be a republic within a republic. Therefore the Nigeria Police would continue to ensure that all the law abiding citizens that upheld the tenets of freedom of movement do not use such to disrupt the movement of other persons or people in the same society,” he stated.

I Took It As Scrap

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Some of the suspects and items recovered from them

The Police Commissioner further reassure all residents of safety of their lives and property, saying they were statutory responsibility of the police.

“We shall continue to do that to ensure that business thrive in Abia State and to ensure that the existing peace is not compromise,” he promised.

Some of the suspects specialised in stealing Enugu Electricity Distribution cables from the transformer while some were members of a gang of notorious criminals terrorising Elughu Nkporo Ohafia Local Government Area.

Ogbonna Ifegwu, who is a 40-year-old man, allegedly stole components of am vandalised EEDC transformer.

He said: “I sell scraps so when I saw the cables on a damaged transformer, I removed it thinking that it was not useful. I took it as a scrap”.

One of the notorious gangster, Nkeiru John Onuoha, claimed that they did not commit any crime.

“We did not commit any crime, what happen is that after the local government election held in December 2016, we decided to hang around to collect our money from one “Skypo”, that was how we were arrested,

“I am not a thief. I live in Lagos. I just came back during the Christmas,” he claimed.

The arrests of the criminals, according to the police led to recovering of huge amounts of money and guns from suspects.  Police said all the 25 paraded suspects, on completion of investigation, would be charged.

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.

Army Chief Says Boko Haram Sponsors Still Unknown

Niger Republic, Boko HaramThe Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, says the Army is yet to identify the sponsors of the deadly Islamic Sect, Boko Haram.

He stated that the Nigerian Army is still investigating to know those financing the terror group, but also hinted of possibility of international links.

Addressing reporters in Imo State during after a meeting with the State’s governor, Mr Rochas Okorocha, Lieutenant General Buratai noted that tracking sponsors of terrorist groups was a difficult task.

He said: “Terrorism is a very complex issue. Although we are investigating, it will take years before you reach the sponsors because you must get your facts well “.

However, the COAS said that the Army had contained Boko Haram and reduced the group’s activities to feeble but for unsuccessful attempts at soft targets.

“The Army has contained Boko Haram and the only thing you hear now is failed attempts at soft targets, unlike before when they attack Mosques, Churches and bus stations with high casualties,” the Army Chief said.

While commenting on the outcry over the alleged killing of members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), by Soldiers, Buratai, insisted that the pro-Biafra groups were armed during their protests in Onitsha and Anambra State.

He insisted that the Soldiers acted in self defense after the members of the separatist groups opened fire on them during their protest against the continued detention of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal Government.

Restating the Army Rule of Engagement, Buratai said that the Army had the responsibility to preserve and protect lives and could only resort to lethal force after it had exhausted all options.

“It is impossible for Soldiers to open fire against unarmed protesters.

“The pro-Biafra protesters in Onitsha were armed and they opened fire on the Soldiers and other security agents. Our Soldiers only opened fire after they were shot at,” he isisted.

The COAS during the session of the ongoing 2016 Chief of army staff conference in Owerri also gave details of their latest operation ‘Operation Python Dance’, saying that the military operation was designed to improve internal security and exercises of Officers and Soldiers in the Southeast part of the country.

Giving a breakdown of the operation of the Nigerian Army in the Northeast, Buratai, disclosed that the Army had rescued 360,000 Nigerians, including women and children who were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents.

Responding, the Imo Governor, commended the Nigerian Army for gallantry in the fight against Boko Haram.

He said that the nation owed them for putting their lives on the line to protect Nigerians.

Governor Okorocha who attributed the growing insecurity in the country to poverty, blamed political leaders for failing to create employment opportunities for the teeming youths.

“We cannot win the war against insecurity with force alone. We should also engage the youths meaningfully through the creation of employment,” the Governor stressed.

The 2016 Chief of Army Staff Conference is tagged “consolidating on the gains of counter-insurgency operations towards achieving national security” and it will end by Saturday December 10, 2016.

Amnesty International Accuses Security Forces Of Killing 150 IPOB Supporters

biafra A rights group, Amnesty International, has accused security forces in Nigeria of killing at least 150 members and supporters of the pro-Biafran organisation IPOB (Indigenous People of Biafra).

It also says hundreds have been injured during non-violent meetings, marches and other gatherings.

In a report released by the group on Thursday and entitled, “Nigeria: ‘Bullets Were Raining Everywhere’ Deadly Repression Of Pro-Biafra Activists”, Amnesty International claimed that the killings occurred between August and now, with hundreds also arbitrarily arrested.

It said that the report focused on the crisis brewing in the southeast of Nigeria, where IPOB campaigns for an independent state of Biafra.

“Video footage and eyewitness testimony consistently show that the military, which has been deployed instead of police to control pro-Biafran events, has dispersed peaceful gatherings by firing live ammunition with little or no warning.

“This report documents extrajudicial executions and the use of excessive force by military, police and other security agencies.

“It also shows a worrying pattern of arbitrary arrests and detentions, including soldiers arresting wounded victims in hospital, and of torture and other ill-treatment of detainees. Hardly any allegations of crimes under international law and human rights violations by the Nigerian security forces, and in particular the military, are investigated.

“If an investigation is carried out, there is no follow up.

“Because no one has been seen to be held to account for serious human rights violations, an already pervasive culture of impunity within the military has been further strengthened,” the report alleged.

The group further alleged that the military was currently deployed in 30 out of Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), insisting that frequent deployment of soldiers has resulted in many cases of excessive use of force, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances throughout the country, and in particular in the northeast, southeast and north central regions.amnesty-international-report

It further claimed that it had repeatedly called on the government of Nigeria to initiate independent and effective investigations into its evidence of crimes under international law committed by the military, especially in the context of the conflict in northeast Nigeria.

The report further read: “In response, President Buhari has repeatedly promised that Amnesty International’s reports would be looked into. However, no concrete steps have been taken to begin independent investigations.

“As a result of the apparent lack of political will to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of such crimes, the military continues to commit human rights violations and grave crimes with impunity”.

The rights group said it interviewed 193 people and analysed 87 videos and 122 photographs showing IPOB assemblies, members of the security forces in the process of committing violations and victims of these violations.

It further stated that on 30 September 2016, it wrote to the Nigerian authorities including the military, police and officials of the State Security Service (SSS, also known as Department of State Security, DSS) to share the findings. Responses were received from the Federal Minister of Justice and Attorney General and Inspector General of Police but neither answered the questions raised in the letter.

Amnesty International is recommending that the Nigerian government immediately end the involvement of the military in public order operations throughout Nigeria, initiate independent investigations into the deadly repression of pro-Biafra activists by the Nigerian military and police with the aim of bringing suspects to justice in fair trials

It also asked the state governors of Abia Anambra, Delta and Rivers states to set up judicial commissions of inquiry to investigate the allegations documented in this report.

Troops Find 23 Human Skulls In Alleged Militants Shrines In Cross River State

troops discover human skulls in shrines in Cross River Troops of the Joint Tasks Force code named “Operation Delta Safe” have discovered shrines in Cross River State suspected to be that of militants with 23 human skulls in various stages of decomposition.

They also found a complete human skeleton and several other human body parts in the four shrines discovered during clearance operations in the State.

In a statement the operation said it would sustain efforts to fulfill its mandate to rid the Niger Delta region of crude oil theft, sea robbery, all forms of criminality and protection of oil and gas infrastructure.

The statement by the Coordinator Joint Media Campaign Centre, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu, reveals that troops of Sector 2, Operation Delta Safe in Bayelsa State acting on intelligence, also trailed a group of people which led to the arrest of 44 members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

They were apprehended at Lakeview Club along Mabinton Estate, Okaka road in Yenagoa the capital of the state.

Four Militants Shrines 

The group, according to the troops was planning to establish Bayelsa State Chapter of the banned Indigenous People of Biafra group and disrupt public peace within the State.

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Some of the suspected members of the Indigenous People of Biafra arrested by the troops

While carrying out a raid in Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam in Bakassi and Akpabuyo Local Government Areas of the State, the troops of Sector 4 of Operation Delta Safe in Cross River State discovered four militant shrines.

Two suspects were arrested while on patrol at Idebe Ifak Anam, Ikot Okon Edem and Abakpa of Bakassi Local Government Area in Cross River State.

The statement says Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested suspects were agents of Bakassi Strike Force Militants who act as spies.

In another operation, troops of Sector 3, Operation Delta Safe in Rivers State, following a distress call from Finima in Bonny of an attack by some cult members using AK 47 riffles to terrorise members of the community, raided the hideout of the cultist.

The suspected king pin popularly referred to as Eagle Face dived into the river on sighting troops.

Two of the suspected cult members were arrested while one locally made pistol, one machete and two handsets were recovered.

According to the military statement, the body of the suspected king pin was later seen floating in the creeks by locals who recovered and buried the corpse at Bonny River bank.

The Acting Commander of the Tasks Force, Brigadier General Kevin Aligbe, has reassured residents and oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region of their safety and advised that they should go about their legitimate businesses.

Militant activities had resurged in the Niger Delta region last year, with militants attacking oil installations in the region.

A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.

They had said they agreed to a ceasefire and would begin negotiation with the Federal Government but later resumed attacks, claiming it was launched as a warning to the military to stop harassing youths in the Niger Delta.

44 Suspected Members Of IPOB Arrested In Bayelsa State

suspected members of ipobTroops of the Joint Tasks Force code named “Operation Delta Safe” have arrested 44 suspected members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Bayelsa State in southern Nigeria.

A statement by the Coordinator of the Joint Media Campaign Centre, Lieutenant Colonel Olaolu Daudu, revealed that troops of Sector 2, Operation Delta Safe in Bayelsa State made the arrest acting on intelligence.

He said that the troops trailed a group of people which led to the arrest of the 44 persons at Lakeview Club along Mabinton Estate, Okaka road in Yenagoa the capital of the state..

The statement further said that the arrest was in fulfilment of  the troops mandate to rid the Niger Delta region of crude oil theft, sea robbery, all forms of criminality and protection of oil and gas infrastructure.

The group, according to the troops was planning to establish Bayelsa State Chapter of the banned IPOB group and disrupt public peace within the State.

In another operation in Cross river state, troops of Sector 4 of Operation Delta Safe also discovered four shrines suspected to be that of militants with 23 human skulls in various stages of decomposition.

They found a complete human skeleton and several other human body parts in the four shrines discovered during clearance operations in the State.

 

The shrine was discovered while carrying out a raid in Ikot Ene Idem, Abakpa and Ikang Inam in Bakassi and Akpabuyo Local Government Areas of Cross River State.

Two suspects were arrested while on patrol at Idebe Ifak Anam, Ikot Okon Edem and Abakpa of Bakassi Local Government Area in Cross River State.

The statement says Preliminary investigation revealed that the arrested suspects were agents of Bakassi Strike Force Militants who act as spies.

In another operation, troops of Sector 3, Operation Delta Safe in Rivers State, following a distress call from Finima in Bonny of an attack by some cult members using AK 47 riffles to terrorise members of the community, raided the hideout of the cultist.

The suspected king pin popularly referred to as Eagle Face dived into the river on sighting troops.

Two of the suspected cult members were arrested while one locally made pistol, one machete and two handsets were recovered.

According to the military statement, the body of the suspected king pin was later seen floating in the creeks by locals who recovered and buried the corpse at Bonny River bank.

The Acting Commander of the Tasks Force, Brigadier General Kevin Aligbe, has reassured residents and oil companies operating in the Niger Delta region of their safety and advised that they should go about their legitimate businesses.

Militant activities had resurged in the Niger Delta region last year, with militants attacking oil installations in the region.

A group that calls itself the Niger Delta Avengers has claimed responsibility for most of the attacks.

They had said they agreed to a ceasefire and would begin negotiation with the Federal Government but later resumed attacks, claiming it was launched as a warning to the military to stop harassing youths in the Niger Delta.

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.