IPOB seeks ac­quit­tal of Nnamdi Kanu

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By John Chuks Azu

Lawyers de­fend­ing Nnamdi Kanu and other mem­bers of the In­dige­nous Peo­ple of Bi­afra (IPOB) fac­ing trial have called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to drop the crim­i­nal charges pre­ferred against their clients.

Speak­ing yes­ter­day at a press brief­ing, Ifeanyi Ejio­for, Maxwell Ok­para, and Inalegwu Adoga claimed that the de­fen­dants have not com­mit­ted any of­fence known to law, adding that the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has failed to open its case against them hav­ing amended the charges on three oc­ca­sions.

The lawyers de­scribed the bail terms granted Kanu as “Man­i­festly un­con­sti­tu­tional and ob­vi­ously im­pos­si­ble”, adding that they have filed a for­mal ap­pli­ca­tion to va­cate the terms.

The lawyers also at­tacked the pro­nounce­ment by Act­ing Pres­i­dent, Yemi Os­in­bajo that the ag­i­ta­tion for Bi­afra is un­con­sti­tu­tional, as it of­fends Sec­tion 2 of the 1999 Con­sti­tu­tion of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nigeria, in­sist­ing that it is ca­pa­ble of in­flu­enc­ing the case be­fore the Court.

“With due rev­er­ence to the Act­ing Pres­i­dent, and his rank as a Se­nior Ad­vo­cate of Nigeria, we deem it oblig­a­tory to state the cor­rect po­si­tion of the law as it re­lates to his faulty po­si­tion”

Kanu was charged along­side Chi­diebere On­wudiwe, Ben­jamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi over charges of trea­son­able felony, con­spir­acy to com­mit trea­son and im­por­ta­tion of goods. An amended charge has listed Bright Chimezie as an­other de­fen­dant.

Photo: OSG

From left: APC Chief­tain, Kashim Iman; Na­tional Leader of All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) Asi­waju Bola Tin­ubu; Osun State Gov­er­nor, Rauf Aregbesola; For­mer Na­tional Leader of the Party, Chief Bisi Akande; Se­na­tor Olu­sola Adey­eye and For­mer Min­is­ter of State for De­fence, Se­na­tor Musilim Obanikoro, dur­ing the Con­do­lence visit to Aregbesola over the death of his mother, at the Gov­ern­ment House Osogbo yes­ter­day.

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