The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has struck out eight of the amended terrorism charges brought against the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu by the federal government of Nigeria.
The presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako on Friday ruled against the federal government in eight out of the fifteen charges when the matter came up for hearing in court.
She maintained that the affected counts which were struck out do not disclose any offence against Kanu.
According to the judge, “In this instant preliminary objection application, I have read the counts and come to the conclusion that counts 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 14 have not disclosed any offence against the defendant.
“‘Counts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 and 15 show some allegations, which the defendant has to answer.
“The court shall proceed to try the defendant on those counts.”
Naija News recalls Kanu has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) since June 2021 when he was repatriated to Nigeria from Kenya by the government.
The IPOB leader attends court sessions from the DSS custody on the charges bordering on terrorism and treasonable felony slammed against him by the government.
Meanwhile, the court also set a date for the ruling of the bail application filed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The court on Friday fixed May 18 and 26 to rule on the bail application of the IPOB leader.
Justice Binta Nyako took this decision on Friday after striking out eight out of fifteen count criminal charges against Kanu.