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Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Kanu's trial adjourned to Oct 17

The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, which was supposed to resume today, July, 11, 2017, has been adjourned to October 17 by an Abuja Federal High Court.
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) is facing charges of treason before the court.
Kanu is being prosecuted alongside three other pro-Biafra agitators- Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
The trial which was originally billed to commence this week, was shifted till October considering that the high court has embarked on its annual vacation.
The prosecution had in the charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, alleged that Kanu, being the leader of IPOB, conspired with his co-defendants and others now at large, on diverse dates in 2014 and 2915, in Nigeria and London, to broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu and other areas, preparations for states in the South-East and South-South zones and other communities in Kogi and Benue states, to secede from the Federal Republic of Nigeria, with a view to constituting same into a Republic of Biafra.

The defendants were said to have committed an offence punishable under section 41(c) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP. C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Though trial Justice Binta Nyako had in a ruling on April 25 released Kanu on bail after he had spent a year and seven months in detention, the court however okayed his co-defendants to remain in prison custody.
Justice Nyako said her decision to release Kanu who is the 1st defendant, on bail, was on health ground.
She cited an affidavit that was attached to a bail application Kanu filed through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor.
However, the IPOB leader was compelled to produce three sureties, including "a jewish leader" and a "highly placed person of Igbo extraction", who all deposited N100million each before he was granted temporary freedom by the court.
He was formally released to Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, a Jewish High Chief Priest, Immanuu-El Shalom and a Chartered Accountant residing in Abuja, Mr. Tochukwu Uchendu, on April 28.

As part of his conditions for bail, Kanu was expressly barred by the court from attending any rally or granting any form of interview.

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