Court strikes out six charges against Kanu, others

Court strikes out six charges against Kanu, others
March 02 08:05 2017

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out six of the 11-count charge brought against Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Kanu who leads the Independent People of Biafra, and three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe,  are facing trial for alleged treason.

Delivering her ruling in the three similar applications brought by the first, second and third defendants in the matter, the presiding judge, Binta Nyako, said counts 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11 did not constitute a prima facie case against the defendants.

According to her, documents before the court were insufficient to prove the allegation that the IPOB constituted an unlawful society.

She also held that the prosecution failed to prove that the items allegedly imported by the defendants had been banned by the Nigerian government.

The judge also struck out the charges and ordered a fresh hearing on the other five counts still preferred against Kanu and others

They pleaded not guilty to the charges. The case was adjourned till March 20.