Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra denied being a member of IPOB in court, according to the lead counsel of the Nigerian government in his case, Magaji Labaran.
The lawyer made the claim while giving an update after their court outing on Wednesday, January 19.
Kanu who is facing charges bordering on terrorism and treason, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him by the Nigerian government.
Addressing newsmen after the case was adjourned, Magaji said that one interesting fact is that Kanu is accused of being an Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) member, but he vehemently denied being a member of the proscribed group.
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Recall that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Wednesday asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to discharge and acquit him of the 15 criminal counts filed against him by the Federal Government.
According to him, the charges, which he denied upon arraignment, are incurably defective and have no force of law.
Besides the alleged defectiveness of the charges, he said the offences brought against him were committed in the United Kingdom and not in Nigeria.
Kanu had earlier in the day pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him at the instance of the Federal Government.
Shortly after the plea was taken, the counsel to the Federal Government, Shuaib Labaran, told the court that he was prepared to proceed with the trial of the defendant.
He informed the court that two of his witnesses were available, while some exhibits to be tendered to establish the charges of terrorism against Kanu had also been brought to court.
Labaran cited Section 396 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015, which stipulates that trial should begin after arraignment, while objection on any issue can be taken at any time along with the substantive matters.
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