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FG amends charge against Nnamdi Kanu, lists his lawyers as accomplices

The Federal Government has amended the charges preferred against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The Nigerian government is to re-arraign Kanu on an amended six-count treasonable felony charge.

The amendment came on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, a day fixed by Justice Binta Nyako to hear an application Kanu filed to be released on bail, pending the determination of the charge against him.

A member of Kanu’s legal team, who wished to be anonymous, told newsmen at the resumed hearing on Wednesday that the Federal Government had in the amended charge, listed some lawyers representing the embattled IPOB leader, including Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor and Mr. Maxwell Opara, as accomplices of the defendant.

It was gathered that the FG alleged that the said lawyers were constantly in contact with Kanu after he jumped bail and fled the country.

It will be recalled that Kanu was subsequently re-arrested and returned back to the country from Kenya, in controversial circumstance.

Recall that the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, had on April 8, struck out eight out of the 15-count treasonable felony charge FG preferred against Kanu.

Justice Nyako held that the charges were mere repetitions that did not disclose any offence that could be sustained by the proof of evidence before the court.

However, when the case was called on Wednesday, journalists and other media practitioners were granted access to the courtroom after proper identification

Also, lawyers and litigants were allowed to witness the hearing, with heavy security presence at the court.