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Eight witnesses to testify against arrested Biafra leader

31 December 2015, 13:40

Abuja - The Federal Government has enlisted eight prosecution witnesses to testify against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and two others when their trial for alleged treason and other ancillary offences begins next year, Punch reports.

Among the eight witnesses is a Dutch, Ronald Stilting, Manager, Golden Tulip Airport Hotel, Lagos, the hotel where Kanu allegedly checked into, using a fictitious name before he was arrested by operatives of the Department of State Services on October 14, 2015.

On December 23, the accused persons were scheduled for arraignment before a Federal High Court in Abuja, but Kanu refused to take his plea to the six counts of treason and other charges instituted against him and his two co-defendants due to what he called his lack of confidence in the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed.

The judge promptly returned the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, for reassignment to another judge and the three accused persons were returned to the custody of the DSS.

The Federal Government, through the Federal Director of Public Prosecutions, Mohammed Diri, alleged in the summary of its case in the newly filed six counts that the IPOB leader checked into the hotel, using the name, Ezebuiro Nwannekaenyi, in order to conceal his identity.

Diri stated this in a document listing the proposed prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against Kanu and the two others.

Read more at Punch

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