- The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has taken a fresh turn
- The Federal Government on Wednesday, January 19, arraigned Kanu on fresh 15-count amended charges before a Federal High Court in Abuja
- Kanu, however, pleaded not guilty to all the charges which were read to him by the registrar of the court
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, on Wednesday, January 19, pleaded not guilty to all the 15-count charges levelled against him by the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Kanu while responding to the charges as read out by the registrar at the Federal High Court in Abuja said he was not guilty of the crimes.
The Cable reports that the IPOB leader has been re-arraigned on a 15-count charge of treasonable felony.
Kanu's trial resumed after the Nigerian government through the State Security Services (SSS) filed amended charges against the IPOB leader.
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The Punch reports that some exhibits likely to be tendered against the IPOB leader have been sent to the court.
Some of the evidence to be tabled against Kanu include electronic equipment - various cameras -which are being inspected by the lead counsel to the SSS, Shuaib Labaran.
Represented by a senior advocate of Nigeria, Mike Ozekhome - the lead counsel - Kanu was also flanked by his family members and supporters including a nursing mother who occupied several seats in the courtroom.
In addition, a representative of the British High Commissioner billed to watch the trial for the United Kingdom has also been allowed into the courtroom by security operatives guarding the vicinity.
Abuja judge issues strong order over Nnamdi Kanu's outfit, daily routine in SSS detention
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Tuesday, January 18, ordered the State Security Services (SSS) to ensure that the leader of the IPOB gets a change of cloth.
The order from the judge followed a complaint by the lead counsel to the IPOB leader, Mike Ozekhome.
Ozekhome had informed the court that his client was constantly being subjected to poor treatment while in the custody of the SSS.
Fendi Again: Drama as Nnamdi Kanu spotted with same cloth despite judge's order
This is why a lot of armed security officials are said to be seen along roads leading to the premises of Abia state high.
Added to this, Kanu was seen wearing the same dress a Federal High Court judge warned him not to wear to court again.