IPOB: Lawyers Seek Withdrawal of chargers against Nnamdi Kanu, other

The lawyers defending the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, have called for termination of all the criminal charges against him.

In a statement,  Kanu’s lawyers held that:”The 2nd and 4th defendants cannot continue to be detained on the strength of the frivolous and connected charges, in breach of their statutory guaranteed rights clearly encapsulated under chapter 4 of the constitution”

Speaking at a press briefing, lead counsel to Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who spoke on behalf of the team, and the indigenous people of Biafra’s general counsel said that the defendant had not committed any offence known to the law.

”These offences are not serious in nature by virtue of the penalty prescribed under the law creating them.”

Ejiofor who recalled how Kanu was granted bail on some terms and conditions said:

“It is an incontrovertible fact that orders made for Kanu’s unconditional release were disobeyed by the Federal Government, not because he has committed any offence known to law, but for their deliberate desperation to keep him behind bars in perpetuity.”

The legal team also decried  the statement credited to the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, that Biafra agitation was unconstitutional.

They held that such statement offended section two of the constitution.

Ejiofor added:  “This declaration is respectfully considered as not only provocative, and unacceptable, but a clear case of undue interference with judicial process, which has the capacity of distorting the mindset of the judicial officer in charge of our client’s case.”

It would be recalled that Kanu is being charged alongside three other pro-Biafra agitators- Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.

Source: The Nation

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