Chris Steven, Abuja
The detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu has accused the Federal Government of deliberate moves to frustrate his trial since he was arrested and detained more than six months ago.
While reacting to the new six count charges filed against him by the Federal Government, Kanu describing them ” as frivolous, unfounded and as baseless as the one sought to be amended”.
The IPOB leader said this was the last trump card of the Federal Government to frustrate the hearing of his bail application scheduled for hearing on November 8, 2016.
Nnamdi Kanu in a reaction through his Defence Counsel, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor said contrary to media reports, that he was never charged with terrorism offences in the amended charge, neither was he charged with 11 count amended charge.
Barrister Ejiofor said a cursory glean at the new concocted amended six counts charge preferred against Nnamdi Kanu, shows that the new counts 5 and 6, are repetitions of Count 3 in the earlier charge and which is improper importation of goods.
He argued that the six count charge preferred against Nnamdi Kanu, were not only empty, but frivolous and baseless stressing that they were merely concocted to make the alleged offences look magnificent.
“The proof of evidence attached to the charge preferred against our Client does not in any way show that our Client was at anytime arrested with any form of arms or dangerous weapons, as none was mentioned in the proof of evidence attached to the six count charge preferred against Nnamdi Kanu” he said .
He further accused the Federal Government of applying all forms of gimmicks to delay the hearing of the case, including the use of the latest filing of an amended charge.
“The same method was adopted to truncate the hearing of his case at the ECOWAS Court, but the learned Justices of the ECOWAS Court were very firm, and courageous in upholding our argument that the Application slated for hearing on that day must go on. The Federal Government arrested Nnamdi Kanu, and charged him to court on trumped up charges, and now refused to obey orders of Court of competent jurisdiction that directed that he should be released unconditionally.” He said