Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Resumes at Federal High Court in Abuja

Nnamdi Kanu in Court
Nnamdi Kanu in Court

The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), has recommenced at the Federal High Court in Abuja, presided over by Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako.

In 2021, the Federal Government amended its charge against Mr. Kanu to include 15 counts of terrorism and treasonable felony.

Mr. Kanu, who was extradited from Kenya, was arraigned in July 2021.

During the trial, Justice Murtala-Nyako dismissed eight of the 15 counts following a preliminary objection filed by Mr. Kanu’s counsel, challenging the legality of the charges.

Mr. Kanu contested the court’s decision to uphold seven of the remaining counts, seeking the dismissal of the entire charge.

The Court of Appeal initially dismissed the charges against Mr. Kanu, citing the Federal Government’s error in extraditing him to Nigeria. However, the Supreme Court overturned this decision, ruling that the government’s actions did not invalidate the charges or the trial.

Consequently, the defendant has been instructed to resume trial proceedings at the Federal High Court, which were initially halted.

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