Abuja - The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra,
IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, who is facing a six-count treason charge, has opposed an
application by the federal government to conduct his trial in secret.
FG had in the application it filed before the Federal High
Court sitting in Abuja, decried that all the witnesses billed to testify
against Kanu and two other pro-Biafra agitators, Benjamin Madubugwu and David
Nwawuisi, who are facing trial with him, have declined to appear in court.
Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, sandwiched between
security operatives, leaving the court On Thursday in Abuja. Director of Radio
Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, sandwiched between security operatives, leaving the court
yesterday in Abuja.
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It said the witnesses insisted that they would not testify
against the defendants unless their safety was guaranteed. Consequently,
government lawyer, David Kaswe, prayed trial Justice John Tsoho to issue an
order protecting the identities of the witnesses by allowing them to either
wear facial mask or to testify behind screens.
FG equally applied for an order
excluding persons except journalists from witnessing the proceedings.
The defendants were alleged to have committed treasonable
felony, an offence punishable under Section 41(C) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP
C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria. FG alleged that they were the ones
managing the affairs of the IPOB which it described as “an unlawful society”.
Specifically, Kanu was alleged to have illegally smuggled radio transmitters
into Nigeria, which he used to disseminate “hate broadcasts”, encouraging the
“secession of the Republic ofBiafra”, from Nigeria. However, the accused
persons, pleaded not guilty to the charge on January 20, even as the court
ordered their remand at Kuje prison in Abuja.
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- News 24