Nnamdi Kanu pleads not guilty to terrorism, treason


Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), pleaded not guilty to a 15-count charge of alleged terrorism and treasonable crime on Wednesday.

Kanu presented his plea in the Federal High Court in Abuja during the hearing of the Nigerian government's new accusations against the IPOB leader.

The Nigerian government's lawyer asked the court for permission to commence the case on the new charges and called the first witness.

Kanu's primary counsel, Mike Ozekhome, objected to his request, urging the court to consider the defendant's plea for preliminary objection and petition for bail.

The applications have been served on the prosecution, according to Ozekhome, and it is critical that they be heard first before any trial can begin.

Judge Justice Binta Nyako ruled that the defendant's application must be assessed first, and that the only application that will be considered is one contesting the charge's competency.

Nyako postponed the hearing to February 16th to hear pending applications.

The judge ruled on Monday that she does not want Nnamdi Kanu to appear in court in the same clothing at the next delayed date.

However, a lawyer for the Nigerian government claimed that while the court's order was followed, the IPOB leader opted to wear the same attire.


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