By Philips Sunday
Abuja, (AN24) – The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and Director of Radio Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, has called on an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court to dismiss all charges leveled against him by the Nigerian government.
During proceedings today, Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor stated that all the six-count charges against his client were baseless.
Ejiofor who brought applications before the court also said his Kanu’s relatives and visitors were either being harassed or arrested by security agents in Kuje Prison, adding that his life and that of his family have been threatened by members of the Department of State Securities (DSS).
At the resume of proceedings today, Kanu’s lawyer, Ejiofor informed the court that on several occasions members of IPOB and relatives of the defendants have been harassed and arrested by security officials during their visit to Kanu in Kuje prison.
Ejiofor added that suspects that those arrested have been killed by the security operatives.
Also, concurring to Ejiofor’s claims, counsel to the third defendant, Barrister Maxwell Opara said the security operatives have harassed him personally as a lawyer.
According to Opara, “Many times, the DSS will ask you for your name, your thumb print, they even asked for my village address, a lawyer, my lord.
“My lord, this is just a criminal trial, all this unnecessary tension is uncalled for.
“You go to the prison to see your client by 9am and you will not see him until 12 noon,” Opara said.
Reacting to Opara’s claims, Justice Binta Nyako said: “From day one I told you this is not a drama point, I don’t want drama.”
“If you have a personal problem with security operatives and bring it formally and I will make a legal pronouncement on it.
“If they have been misbehaving in the prison when you go to see your client, you let me know formally and I’ll will contact them legally.
“But you have nothing formally on these allegations, I cannot do it for you because if I do, I have taken a position on the matter,” Nyako said.
Having heard his notice to make applications before the court, Justice Binta Nyako in her ruling said all applications before the court will be taken together and ruling subsequently given on the matter in two days, adding that at the end of hearing on the applications, two things are bound to happen.
“It is either we continue on the trial or we squash the charges as applied,” Justice Nyako said as she adjourned the case to Thursday, January 12, 2017.
Kanu alongside his co-accused, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi are facing an eleven-count charge of treasonable felony, brought against them by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Although they have been granted bail twice by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, President Muhammadu Buhari’s led government has refused to obey the court orders raising doubts over the possibility of Mr. Kanu and his co-accused regaining freedom anytime soon.