The trial of a leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, commenced today, Monday amid concerns from the Department of State Service (DSS), that some pro-Biafra agitators, were allegedly planning on invading the court and forcefully releasing the detained leader.
The DSS made the allegation to a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on a day the federal government was to open its case against Kanu who is facing a six-count treason charge alongside two other pro-Biafra supporters, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mr. Mohammed Diri, told trial Justice John Tsoho that the DSS has already commenced investigation on the planned invasion.
The defendants, through their lawyer, Chief Chuks Muoma, SAN, applied to be discharged and acquitted of the charge against them, following the inability of the federal government to produce any of the eight witnesses scheduled to testify before the court.
As at press time, the parties involved in court exchanged arguments on the application for the charge to be quashed and the defendants discharged and acquitted.
Mr. Kanu has been in detention since October 14, 2015, when he was arrested by security operatives upon his arrival to Nigeria from his base in the United Kingdom.
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’.