A Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja yesterday struck out a one-count criminal charge brought against the Director of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu by the Federal Government.
Chief Magistrate, Mr. Shauibu Usman, in a ruling yesterday discontinued the trial of Kanu, following a motion to that effect, filed and argued by the prosecuting counsel, Mr. Moses Idakwo.
Usman’s ruling is in line with the request by the Department of State Service, DSS, to drop the charges against the Biafran activist in order to enable them pursue his trial at a Federal High Court that has original jurisdiction on terrorism.
The DSS had argued that the Magistrate Court lacked the jurisdiction, since they have obtained the FHC order to detain him for 90 days based on terrorism charges.
Before the case was struck out, Kanu had been put on trial on criminal conspiracy, managing and belonging to an unlawful society and criminal intimidation contrary to Section 97, 97B and 397 of the Penal Code.
The fact of the case, according to DSS report was that the accused formed an unlawful society with the purpose of bringing into being a Republic of Biafra.
He was alleged to have proclaimed himself as the leader of the Republic of Biafra and established a Radio of Biafra.
Kanu was also alleged to have appointed himself Commander of the Loyal Forces of Biafra and was broadcasting to the whole world the dire consequences of the government and people of Nigeria will surfer should they attempt to hinder the actualization of the Republic of Biafra.
The magistrate court’s ruling has however paved the way for continuation of his trial before Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja, where the DSS intends to try him for terrorism.
Justice Ademola will however rule today on the bail applications by Kanu to enforce his freedom and fundamental human rights.
…IPOB, Pro-Biafra protesters stall business in Alaba, Lagos
Meanwhile, despite warnings from the All Progressive Congress, APC over the planned mega rally by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, the Pro-Biafra protesters yesterday brought to a halt business activities at the Alaba International Market, in Lagos.
The rally by IPOB was a call for the immediate and unconditional release of Radio Biafra Director and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB announced that it will be embarking on a Lagos Mega Rally/Protest slated for Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th December, 2015.
The group said the rally which will kick-off on the morning of Wednesday 16th Dec. 2015 will see us march the city via Alaba Int’l market down to Mile 2 on the first day of the protest after making a stopover at Trade Fair Int’l market complex to intimate our people over there about the rally.
“The 2nd day of the rally will see us visiting several Embassies and High Commissions in Victoria Island and Ikoyi axis of city to deliver our protest letter as well as Amnesty Int’l and UN offices…
“We shall be demanding for the unconditional release of director of Radio Biafra & TV, Nnamdi Kanu and all other Biafrans in the custody, as well as a right for self- determination during the March/Protest.”
It would be recalled that the Lagos APC had warned market eaders not to allow their markets to be used for the rally as the state will not hesitate to not only show such market leaders the exit from such markets but will take measures to ensure that such markets are not used as hatcheries for dangerous activities.