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Court issues trial notice on Nnamdi Kanu’s treason charges

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The Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday officially issued a trial notice for the October 21 prosecution of the self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in the treasonable felony charges brought against him by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

The trial notice entitled “Federal Republic of Nigeria Versus Nnamdi Kanu” was marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/15 and served on Kanu’s lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor and that of the Federal Government Mr Shuaib Labaran.

Akelicious on Monday sighted the notice, signalling resumption of full-blown prosecution for the self-appointed Biafran leader.

The one-page document showed that the court carefully and explicitly spelt out the dos and don’ts for lawyers of the contending parties to avoid an abortion of the trial which commenced in 2015 when Kanu was first arrested in Lagos upon arrival from the United Kingdom.

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The document read in part, “This case will be transferred from the General Cause List to the hearing paper for Thursday 21st October 2021at 9 o’clock forenoon and will come on to be on that day if the business of the court permits or otherwise on some adjustment day of which you will receive no further notice.

“If either party desires to postpone the hearing, he must apply to the court as soon as possible for that purpose and if the application is based on any matter of fact, he must be prepared to give proof of those facts.

The parties are warned that at the hearing, they are required to bring forward all the evidence by witnesses or by documents which each of them desires to rely on in support of his own case and in contradiction of that of his opponent.

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Court issues trial notice on Nnamdi Kanu’s treason charges

“The proof will be required at the hearing and not on a subsequent day, and parties failing to bring their evidence forward at the proper time may find themselves absolutely precluded from adducing it at all, or at best only allowed to do so on payment of substantial costs to the other side, and on such other terms as the court fits to impose.

Parties desirous to enforce the attendance of witnesses should apply at once to the court to issue one or more summonses for the attendance of the witnesses required.

“It is indispensable that the application should be made so as to allow time for reasonable notice to the witnesses required.

“If the witness is required to bring books or papers, they must be particularized in the summons sufficiently to enable him to understand what is meant.

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” Any party summoning a witness through the court thereby becomes liable to pay such witness reasonable sum of money to be fixed by the court for his expense and loss of time.

“The court may refuse to enforce the attendance of a witness unless such sum has been fixed and deposited in the court.

“If either party desires to use in evidence at the hearing, any book or document in the possession or power of the other party, he must give the other party, reasonable notice in writing to produce It at the hearing, failing which he will not be allowed to give any secondary evidence of its contents.”

Kanu is expected to face the trial before Justice Binta Nyako.

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Just In: Nnamdi Kanu Sets To Be Bailed As Court Schedules For Emergency Hearing Tomorrow

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The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu is scheduled for an emergency hearing tomorrow (Thursday) that could lead to his release on bail.

According to Sahara Reporter, it was learnt on Wednesday that the hearing could open the door for Kanu’s release on bail.

This was confirmed to SaharaReporters by the counsel for the Nigerian government in the matter.

It was also learnt from Nigerian government lawyers that the move is in response to the fervent appeals by Igbo leaders for the release of the pro-Biafra agitator.

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“Nnamdi Kanu scheduled for an emergency hearing tomorrow that could lead to his release on bail.

“This is in response to Igbo elders’ request for his release,” one of the sources said on Wednesday.

President Muhammadu Buhari had said on Friday, November 19 that he would consider the unconditional release of the IPOB leader as sought by elder statesmen from the South-East.

Buhari had, however, added that such a request was a difficult option to weigh but assured that he would give it a thought.

Buhari said this while receiving a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja, earlier in November.

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Amaechi, a nonagenarian, had described the situation in the South-East as “painful and pathetic,” lamenting that businesses have collapsed, education crumbling, and fear everywhere.

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IPOB holds prayer session for release of Nnamdi Kanu, orders optional sit-at-home

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A pro-Biafra secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has called on its members, supporters and residents of the South-East region to have a prayer session on Tuesday (today) for the unconditional release of its detained leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The group urged that business and social activities should be shunned so that people could concentrate on the prayers for its helmsman who has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since June.

According to the statement signed by the Head of Directorate of Service (DOS), Chika Edoziem, the prayer should also address peace in the Igbo land and as well for the realisation of the Biafra nation.

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This was contained in the statement by the media and publicity secretary of the group, Emma Powerful on Monday.

The statement said, “On this very day, we will make one solemn sacrifice. I am not instituting sit-at-home but all Biafrans should dedicate that day by shutting down all business activities, banks should not open.”

Explaining further on the modalities of the prayer session, Powerful told SaharaReporters that, “We didn’t declare anything like sit-at-home, our declaration is on prayers for our leader.”

The statement further read, “The prayers will be all over the world where all Biafrans reside.

“There is no sit-at-home because we understand that DSS agents masquerading as our members are now telling people that IPOB will use that day as sit-at-home, no we did not say so and will not, but our people will close their shops after the prayers they open their shops.

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“We must stand in the open and make sure that the day light shines upon us, if it rains, let the rain fall upon us as we make this prayer, all pastors, evangelists, prophets, rabbis etc shall lead in this day prayer.

“The Odinana people must also gather and call for the spirits that guard the land and Chukwu Okike Abiama.

“Our kings will also come out to pray in the manner that our ancestors prayed in the old days. They will pray with a native kola that has four parts.

“Those who are the Ofor in Biafraland, must also come out and gather with the Odinana people also bring the Ofor and after the prayer, break the kola and throw the kola to our ancestors as the aka ji ọfọ shall raise the Ofor and hit it on the ground for our ancestors to come and fight for us.”

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Kalu Visits Nnamdi Kanu In DSS Custody, Reveals His Advise To IPOB Leader

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Chief Whip of the Nigerian Senate, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu on Monday paid a visit to the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody in Abuja.

Sen. Kalu, representing Abia North said he and Nnamdi Kanu discussed as brothers during the meeting where he encouraged him to consider certain comments and actions for sake of the people.

In a Facebook post on his verified page, the former Abia governor while revealing that he met Nnamdi Kanu in good health recalled how the family has been close to him after he made his (Nnamdi) father, late Eze Israel Okwu Kanu the traditional ruler of Akwara Ukwu during his day’s as Abia governor.

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“This afternoon, I visited my brother, Maazi Nnamdi Kanu in DSS custody , Abuja . I met him in good health and care and we discussed as ‘Umunne’. In 2001 when I was Governor, I made his father Eze Israel Okwu Kanu traditional ruler of Akwara Ukwu and since then the family has been very close to me .

“I understand that Nnamdi has an insane amount of people rooting for his back home and I encouraged him to consider the consequences of certain actions and utterances for the sake of the same people” he said.

According to the lawmaker, even though he shares a different ideology with the IPOB Leader, he owes him and people of Nigeria good counselling irrespective of whether such is accepted or not.

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“Even though, my ideology and his ideology are totally different , God has made us brothers and we can’t run away from each other. I owe him and Nigerians good counseling …Whether he and his family listens to me or not, I will continue counseling him as I have always done in the past. What we need most is a peaceful and secured society” he added.

Kalu Visits Nnamdi Kanu In DSS Custody, Reveals His Advise To IPOB Leader

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