- IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu has pleaded not guilty to the terrorism charges prefered against him by the federal government
- Kanu pleaded not guilty when he appeared before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, October 21
- Meanwhile, security operatives have been deployed to the court while only some selected journalists were allowed access
FCT, Abuja - Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been re-arraigned at the Federal High Court in Abuja on treasonable felony and terrorism charges.
Recall that the federal government recently amended the charges against him raising them to seven counts.
According to The Cable, the court session commenced at 10am on Thursday, October 21.
When the charges were read to him, the IPOB leader pleaded not guilty.
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No room for mistakes: DSS, police, Army surround court in Abuja for Nnamdi Kanu’s trial
Meanwhile, the federal government was not leaving anything to chance as it sent a good number of security operatives to the court in Abuja for the trial of Kanu.
Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigerian Army and officers of the Nigerian Police Force were seen guarding every entrance to the court and the streets leading to the court building.
Journalists whose names were not on a prepared list were not allowed near the court premises. The staff of the court who arrived in buses were made to stand in a queue and were searched before gaining entrance into the premises.
Ifeanyi Ubah asks court to grant him permission to visit Nnamdi Kanu
In another related development, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah has sought an order of a Federal High Court, Abuja to grant him access to visit Kanu at the DSS's headquarters.
Speaking to journalists in front of the court after filing the application, Ubah said he made the move in order to find a solution to the security crisis in the southeast region.
Ubah, 50, is the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.
Traditional rulers demand Kanu's release
Similarly, traditional leaders in the southeast have demanded the release of Kanu by the federal government.
The leaders under the umbrella of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers urged President Muhammadu Buhari to release Kanu to the Igbo traditional and religious leaders.
The monarchs made the demand in a statement released on Tuesday, October 19, 2021. Some of these traditional leaders who made the demand include; Eze Joseph N. Nwabeke, the chairman, Abia state traditional rulers council and the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, the chairman, Anambra state traditional rulers council.