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COURT RULES OUT 8 OF 15 TERRORISM CHARGES AGAINST NNAMDI KANU

The Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled eight of the 15-count charge against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The charges which bordered on terrorism and felony were filed against Kanu by the Federal Government.

Justice Binta Nyako while delivering a ruling on the validity of the charges on Friday, struck out eight of the charges.

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According to her, the instant preliminary objection application, counts six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, and 14 have not disclosed any offence by the defendant.

The Judge, however, acknowledged that counts one, two, three, four, five, 13, and 15 showed some allegations against the IPOB leader, saying the trial of the defendant would proceed on those counts.

Justice Nyako also noted that rendition for the purpose of criminal investigation is allowed and in the instant case, there is a bench warrant on the defendant; hence, Kanu is a fugitive before the court.

On the issue of the proscription of IPOB, the judge held that the case was pending before the appeal court and as such, the order proscribing the organisation was subsisting until it was vacated

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