Nnamdi Kanu’s trial: What you need to know and expect

The Nigerian government has filed fresh additional charges against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, taking it from seven to fifteen count charges, as his trial resumes on Tuesday, 18th January, 2022 at the court.

Kanu is facing a seven-count charge bordering on terrorism, treason, secession and for being a member of the outlawed group, IPOB.

He is also being accused of broadcasting lies about President Muhammadu Buhari but Kanu has denied all the allegations.

Kanu’s legal team while confirming the new charges said the Nigerian government filed them barely 24 hours to the main trial.

The trial of the IPOB leader will hold on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday before Justice Binta Nyako at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

His trial is coming days after Buhari said he will not consider any political solution on Nnamdi Kanu’s case and he must face the law.

What To Expect From Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial On Tuesday

Kanu’s trial comes with a lot of drama as security operatives tend to deny people and even the media free entry into the court premises.

Tuesday’s case will not be different as the security operatives will be present, allowing only very few people access into the court room were the trial will take place because of the strict COVID-19 rules being adhered to by the court.

The court will resume from 9:00am but the case might commence from 10:00 or 11:00am. Mike Ozekhome is leading the counsel of lawyers and Kanu will be present in court.

This is not a secret trial.

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The defence lawyer may raise the motion to challenge the jurisdiction of the court to hear Kanu’s case over how he was repatriated to Nigeria to face trial.

The Nigerian government has been accused of not following due international procedure and legal channels to extradite Kanu back to Nigeria.

The court may not be able to continue to hear the case.

But the prosecution counsel will try to defend the government and give reasons why this approach was taken to repatriate Kanu and then ask the court to continue with the trial.

 

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