A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed six of the 11 charges brought against Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), by the federal government of Nigeria.
The Sun reports that the charges dismissed bordered on “ownership of unlawful society, illegal importation of radio transmitters and researching on how to make improvised explosive devices”.
A magistrate court in Abuja had thrown out similar charges in 2015.
Presiding judge Justice Binta Nyako said she took the decision to dismiss the six charges because the prosecutor did not present any evidence.
Kanu would however be re-arraigned on a five-count charge of treasonable felony, she said.
Meanwhile, overzealous police officers on Wednesday, March 1, prevented members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) from gaining access to the Federal High Court, Abuja.
The officers also prevented several journalists from entering the high court without giving adequate reasons for its actions.
Justice Nyako however berated Nigerian security agencies for refusing to allow journalists witness the trial of Nnamdi Kanu and his co-defendants on Wednesday.
Nnamdi Kanu’s counsel Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor brought the attention of the matter to the presiding judge who had criptic words for the security agencies.
Ejiofor lamented the continuous intimidation and suppression of journalists who are present to cover the court proceedings of the trial.