IPOB: Court releases date on Nnamdi Kanu’s fate

The Federal High Court in Abuja has fixed a date when she will rule on Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB members’ trial.

The court will finally decide if it will decide to dismiss the treason charges leveled against Kanu and his compatriots.

Similarly, the court would give a ruling on an application bordering on the competence of the charge against Kanu.

Nnamdi Kanu and three other defendants are standing trial for alleged treasonable felony and terrorism.

Kanu’s Counsel, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had argued on Tuesday that the FG had nor no case against his client.

“Our application was premised on the fact that the proof of evidence attached to the charge cannot sustain the charge.

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“This is because the evidence did not disclose a prima facie case against Kanu.”

“He is being accused of committing an offense of treasonable felony and also conspiracy to commit a treasonable felony.

“The law requires that ingredients of the said treasonable felony should be established.

“But the defendant was not found with any arms. He was not caught with anybody holding a meeting.

“Kanu never said he was coming to overthrow the president of the country.

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“They are merely exercising their right to self-determination.

“This right is clearly provided under article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights and also under article 1 and 55 of the United Nations Charter.’’

He said these were constitutional rights and could not translate to a case of treasonable felony.

Counsel to the 2nd to 4th defendants, Mr. Inalegwu Adoga, Mr. E.I Esene and Mr. Maxwell Okpara, all made similar arguments.

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They all held that the proof of evidence attached to their clients’ charge did not establish a prima facie case.

The judge, Justice Binta Nyako, adjourned till Feb. 10 to rule on the applications.

Nyako had said on Tuesday that the ruling on the applications would determine whether the case would be terminated or continued.