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Update – Kanu’s Trial: Heavy Security Present At High Court As IPOB Leader Arrives

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Update – Kanu’s Trial: Heavy Security Present At High Court As IPOB Leader Arrives

Security agents have barricaded the Federal High Court Abuja, ahead of scheduled re-arraingment of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

Kanu is expected to take a fresh plea before trial Justice Binta Nyako, on an amended seven-count charge bordering on incitement, treasonable felony and terrorism.

Security agents drawn from the Department of State Service, the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps and the Nigerian Army, as early as 4am, blocked all roads leading to the high court premises which is adjacent the Federal Ministry of Justice Headquarters.

Journalists and lawyers are currently denied entry into the court premises.

Though staff members of the court were initially barred by the heavily armed security operatives, they were subsequently cleared to enter their offices after they protested.

Stern looking DSS operatives had specifically threatened to deal with any journalist recording or taking pictures of the unfolding drama.

Cameramen from major television stations in the country, including those from the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, were ordered to shut down and face it on an uncompleted building opposite the court premises.

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FG had in the mended charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, which was signed by a team of government lawyers led by the Director, Public Prosecution of the Federation, Mr. M. B. Abubakar, alleged that Kanu had in furtherance of an act of terrorism, issued a deadly threat that anyone that flouted his sit-at-home order should write his or her will.

FG alleged that as a result of Kanu’s directive, banks, schools, markets, shopping malls, fuel stations were not opened for businesses, with vehicular movements grounded in the South East region of the country.

It said the action amounted to an offence contrary to and punishable under 1(2) (b) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

FG alleged that Kanu had “on or about the 28th April, 2015 in London, United Kingdom did in a broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu state and other parts of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, referred to Major General Muhammadu Buhari, GCON, President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a paedophile, a terrorist, an idiot and an embodiment of evil, knowing same to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 375 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C. 38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.

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He was alleged to have committed treasonable felony, an offence punishable under Section 41(C) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria

Update – Kanu’s Trial: Heavy Security Present At High Court As IPOB Leader Arrives

He was alleged to had between 2018 and 2021, through Radio Biafra, professed to be a member of IPOB, a proscribed organization in Nigeria, and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 16 of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

In count five of the charge, FG alleged that Kanu had on April 22, 2021, in London, United Kingdom, on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu and other parts of Nigeria, did an act of terrorism “in that you incite the other members (followers) of the Indegenious People of Biafra (IPOB), a proscribed organization in Nigeria, to look for security personnel, their family members through a Radio Biafra on 102.1FM monitored through the IPOB Community Radio, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 1 (2) (h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Attached in support of the amended charge dated October 14, included a seven-paragraphed affidavit of completion of investigation deposed to by one Loveme Odubo, a prosecutor in the Federal Ministry of Justice.

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FG equally lined up five witnesses to testify in the matter, among whom are officials of the Department of State Service, DSS, and one Ronald S. who was identified as the manager of a Hotel in Lagos.

FG had on July 26, failed to produce the embattled IPOB leader in court despite heavy security that was also mounted around the court’s vicinity.

Both the IPOB and apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, had earlier urged FG to ensure Kanu’s presence in court today.

Kanu Arrives Court For Trial

The leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday arrived at the Federal High Court in Abuja amidst tight security.

The IPOB leader was brought to the Court un a black Sports Utility Vehicles at about 8am.

The sitting is yet to commence as of the time of this report.

Security operatives barred journalists, lawyers and staff of the FHC from entering the Court premises.

From Transcorp Hilton through the Ministry of Justice and Abia House, a heightened presence of a combined team of Police, Army, Department of State Services operatives estimated to be over 3,000 can be seen.

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DSS disobeys court orders granting Kanu change of clothing, others – Lawyer

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The Department of State Services has refused to obey court orders granting Nnamdi Kanu maximum comfort in detention, change of clothing, amongst others, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel for the embattled Indigenous People of Biafra leader has said.

The lawyer, in a statement on Tuesday, kicked that the detaining agency has “unrepentantly continued to treat the orders of the court with greatest disdain”.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja ordered on December 2, 2021 that the secessionist leader should not be discriminated against in the custody of the secret police.

The presiding judge had also ordered that Kanu be given maximum comfort possible in detention, be allowed a change of clothing, be allowed free practice of his Jewish faith including access to his Jewish religious materials, allowed to receive any visitor of his choice, and allowed to mingle freely with other inmates in DSS custody.

Justice Nyako also adjourned the trial of Kanu till January 18, 2022, after granting a motion for an abridgement of time.

But Ejiofor said he visited Kanu in DSS custody on Monday, saying that despite the orders made by the court on December 2, 2021, the DSS flouted and ignored the court orders.

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The statement was titled, ‘Update On Today’s Visit To Our Indefatigable Client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu At The Headquarters Of The Department Of State Services (DSS) Abuja’.

He wrote, “We were informed by our client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu that none of the pronouncement made by the Court on the 2nd of December 2021 has been obeyed by the lawless DSS. They have unrepentantly continued to treat the Orders of the Court with greatest disdain.

“Our client – Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu further informed us that he had not eaten anything since Sunday, apparently being punished because we dared to complain to the court about the harsh condition under which he is being held in custody. But, very, unfortunately, this should be the height of their reckless affront to the orders of court.

“At the time Her Lordship made these far-reaching orders in open court, I did not mince words in bringing to the attention of the court that the operatives of the DSS will flout these orders, pursuant to which the court specifically directed me to come back to her with these facts if her order is flouted by the detaining authority.”

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He said the legal team of the IPOB leader would be approaching the court immediately with the development, which he described as “totally unacceptable, grossly condemnable, and intolerable.”

Ejiofor insisted that Kanu has not been convicted for committing any crime and he is still presumed innocent of every allegation against him.

“The detaining authority (DSS) is an Agency clearly established by instrumentality of the laws and should operate within the confines of the same laws establishing them, and should not be seen as a lawless entity, which unfortunately is what they represent in practice,” he said.

Kanu, 54, was born on September 25, 1967, at Afaraukwu, Abia State. He had been arrested in 2017 for demanding the secession of the South-East zone from the Nigerian State.

However, he jumped bail in June 2018 before leaving for the United Kingdom, though he said that he fled because his life was no longer safe in Nigeria.

After about three years abroad, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), at a press briefing in Abuja on June 29, 2021, announced that the IPOB leader was re-arrested in a foreign country and extradited to Nigeria.

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His lawyers had said the IPOB leader was re-arrested in Kenya and whisked to Nigeria.

Upon his re-arrest and extradition in June 2021, he was re-arraigned before Justice Nyako for terrorism-related charges brought against him by the AGF office. Kanu has since been remanded in the DSS custody in Abuja and has since appeared in the same cloth he wore at the time of his arrest.

Meanwhile, the AGF has said that it is premature to pardon Kanu, adding that the IPOB leader is still standing trial for terrorism-related charges.

On November 19, 2021, some respected Igbo elders, led by Minister of Aviation in the First Republic, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, visited the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) in Aso Rock and requested the unconditional release of the detained secessionist leader.

Buhari had told them he would not want to interfere in the running of the judiciary but said he would consider their demand though “a heavy one.”

Malami had also on November 10, 2021, said a political solution cannot be ruled out to resolve the crisis surrounding separatist agitations in Nigeria but he recently made a U-turn and said the option is not on the table yet.

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Ex International Boxer Calls On FG To Release Nnamdi Kanu In The Interest Of Peace

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Ex International Boxer Calls On FG To Release Nnamdi Kanu In The Interest Of Peace

By Obiagwu Chrys

Nigeria ex International Boxer Mazi Comr Ikechukwu Okoronkwo wishes to use this medium to suggest to President Mmahumed Buhari GCFR and Attorney General of the federation that it is necesary the Federal government of Nigeria withdraws the criminals charges against Nnamdi Kanu for the interest of public peace and justice

In a short interview with Chrysora Media in his resident in Enugu on Monday, Mazi Okoronkwo
said that the unfolding of event especially the peaceful Monday’s sit-at-home experienced in South East States is a demostration of pubic opinion.

Democracy is the Government of the people, he said and Judicial Justice in Democracy system of Government is for (1) The Complainant,(2) The Accuse and (3) Public.

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“Therefore when the General public is of one opinion, the Government is duty bound to allow that opinion for the interest of peace and unity. If the Complainants in the case of Nnamdi Kanu decide to withdraw their cases for the interest of out of court settlement, it is the right thing to do and at the right time and direction.

Mazi Ikechukwu Okoronkwo, the sports Ambassador explained that the above action has nothing to do with interference with the judiciary but it is a process allowed in a system to decongest Government owned Costudy center for the interest of fairness and spirit of Correctional in line with “No winner No Convict” approach.

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“Actually We at the South East is beginning to see some progress in some Federal roads project by President Mmahumed Buhari expecially Enugu/ Okigwe/Umuahia road which i have witnessed during grassroot boxing talent hunt exercise, which it is a very big plus to the FGN
But the continue prosecution of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will damage the good image of this administration, because some of the compaign of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is calculated by the public and seen as a fight against Corruption and slavery mindset of some particulary people in the helms of Government affairs” Mazi Okoronkwo said.

Finally speaking, The ex international boxer calls on the Federal Government to take the bull by the horn by withdrawing all the criminals cases against Nnamdi Kanu and discuss with him directly without any third party on how the country will move forward so that the Unity of our Nation will be use to reshape other west Africa and Africa Nation as Nigeria is calculated to be the leader of African Nations.

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“God has made it that South Eastern States seen as one of the major Arrows of Nigeria and should not be compared with other political zones. Release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will promote home security and Africa Peace” Mazi Okoronkwo said.

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Ndigbo Urges To Embrace Igbo Culture of Ofo na Ogu not Bible – Dikenweukpaja

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Dike Nweukpaja, the founder Ozioma Odinani
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By Oge Onyeanusi, Onitsha

Igbos has been urged to embrace their rich cultural traditional heritage and strive hard to protect them in that it will change the mindset of Ndigbo for a better society.

Speaking while delivering his lecture on Odinani series on Ozioma Odinani,at Awada Obosi in Idemili North local government area , the founder Ozioma Odinani , Dike Nweukpaja, emphasized that there is no need for igbos to start with pleasantries because the need hasn’t arise, igbos has to shun behaving like uncircumcised people since the Unity and Oneness which is Paramount is far .

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He urged Igbo to reformed themselves and go back to some important features that their fore fathers have that makes them live a little pure life with brotherly love and stop acting like over fed baby .

According to Dikenweukpaja ,god gave Igbos wisedom which they used to make wealth,”let igbos use their wisedom and make a society devoid of rancor and spread their tentacles and shun societal vices ..

“Ndigbo let us not forgotten the wise saying that provides “Onye buru Chi ya Uzo, ogbagbue onwe ya na oso”, also another Version provides “Nwata buru Nmanwu Uzo, ya na Oso, nmanwu buru ya Uzo, Nkwukwu ezue ya aru” (When one is ahead of his God, he will run of of breath…. When a Child trot ahead of a Menacing Masquerade he will be running out of control, but if the masquerade is ahead, the child goes into a Fit with sweat as his movement is measured with the Stride of the masquerade.

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“Let igbos remember their ancestral messages that outlawed anything that is abomination and know their gods, added that Ndigbo should joined together and shun the senseles beliefs that are brewing the Igbo land and form a common front for Unity of purpose. He stated .”

Dikenweukpaja remarked that imported outside God has done Ndigbo more harm than good.

He called on the Elders in Igbo land to rise up and live the life of Elder, and bring the new generation closer to Igbo culture and the tradition of land which almost about to go on extinct andurged all Ndigbo to instil on their children the important of Igbo culture and tradition.

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The Elders should be honest ,live examplary life and seat with Ofor na Ogu not Bible, and enlighten the young igbo generation the important of ofor na ogo as well as the oath of ometelu buru ,citing that the white people decived igbos and steal away their culture.

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