The Federal Government on Monday filed fresh 15-count terrorism charge against the self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
In the amended charge filed by the Federal Government before the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, increased the counts in the initial charge it preferred against Kanu from seven to fifteen.
With the fresh charges, Kanu who has been facing a seven-count charge bordering on treasonable felony, will now take a fresh plea to a 15-count amended charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015, signed by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) M. B. Abubakar.
The IPOB leader was supposed to appear in court on January 18 (today) for argument in the two applications he filed challenging the competent of the earlier charge filed against him and the jurisdiction of the court.
Count one of the charge alleged that Kanu, sometimes in 2021, being member and leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra did commit an act in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the Federation Republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria by making a broadcast received and heard in the country with intent to intimidate the population, and also threatened that people will die, the whole world will stand still, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 1(2)(b) of the Terrorism Prevention Act, 2013.
Count 15 of the charge reads, “That you, Nnamdi Kanu, male, adult of Afaranukwu Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia state on diverse dates between the month of March and April, 2015 imported into Nigeria and kept in Ubulisiuzor in Ihiala LGA of Anambra state, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court a radio transmitter known as Tram 50L concealed in a container of uses household items and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 47(2)(a) of Criminal Code Act. Cap C45 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004”.
It would be recalled that the IPOB leader breached the bail conditions granted him by Justice Binta Nyako, before whom he was standing trial.
He was however rearrested and brought back to Nigeria to continue with his trial.
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