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Nnamdi Kanu Pleads Not Guilty To Treasonable Felony Charges, Case Adjourned

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has pleaded not guilty to the 15 charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism, preferred against him by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

Kanu entered the not guilty plea on Wednesday before Justice Binta Nyako at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The Biafran agitator said he was innocent of all the allegations levelled against him, even as he complained from the dock that some counts in the amended charge were similar.

After the plea of Kanu was taken, the prosecution counsel, Labaran Magaji, told the court that he was ready to proceed with the trial, saying he brought two witnesses to testify against the defendant.

But Kanu’s lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), told the court that he had on Tuesday evening, filed a 43-paged preliminary objection for the charge to be quashed and struck out without the matter proceeding to trial.

Labaran, however, argued that Kanu’s two applications were not ripe for hearing, stressing that he would require time to go through them so as to be able to respond.

However Justice Nyako ruled that since Kanu’s first application is challenging the propriety of his trial, as well as the competence of the charge against him, the court ought to hear it first.

The court, subsequently, adjourned till February 16 to hear the pending application.

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