FG drops criminal charges against Kanu

The Chief Magistrate Court, Wuse Zone II, Abuja, on Wednesday discharged Mr Nnamdi Kanu, the Director of Radio Biafra and Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), on all charges brought against him by the federal government.


Until his discharge, the Federal Government had charged Kanu of criminal conspiracy and ownership of an unlawful society.

The Chief Magistrate, Shuaibu Usman, said in his ruling that:“The accused person is hereby discharged and the case struck out”.

The government, through its agent, the Department of State Services (DSS), had withdrawn the case at the lower court for a higher court, which has jurisdiction to entertain charges bordering on terrorism, to take over.

Usman was scheduled to deliver judgment on the application of the DSS on Dec. 1, but he put it off until Dec. 16 according to reports.

The DSS has held Kanu for 90 days, despite an order of the magistrate court, granting him bail in October.

After the lower court granted him bail, the DSS got an order of the federal high court, Abuja, to keep the leader of IPOB in detention.

But his lawyer, Vincent Obetta, filed a counter application, seeking bail for the accused person.

Meanwhile, a Justice of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Adeniyi Ademola, is expected to rule on the bail application on Thursday.

Since, the arrest and detention of Kanu by Nigeria’s secret police in Lagos on Saturday, Oct. 17, there have been wave of protests, engineered by IPOB and members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB).

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The protests had swept through the South-East and parts of the South-South, with demand for an immediate and unconditional release of Kanu.

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