The director of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja amid heavy security presence.
Justice Ahmed Ramat Mohammed, a Federal High Court judge who last week tried unsuccessfully to sabotage the false assets declaration trial of Nigeria’s Senate President, Bukola Saraki, had played a similar role in the past at the behest of the embattled senator. Justice Mohammed, who was characterized by several judicial sources as a justice for hire, has been appointed to oversee the trial of mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB)
Outside the court premises, scores of heavily armed police officers were seen jumping down from a long truck. Both uninformed and uninformed security operatives can be seen around the court house.
The six-count charges bordering on illegal possession of arms and treasonable felony is expected to be heard before Justice A. R. Mohammed.
Kanu was arrested by operatives of the State Security Services (SSS) on Wednesday, October 14 in Lagos on his arrival to Nigeria from the United Kingdom.
He was earlier charged for criminal intimidation of the Nigeria government among others at a Magistrate Court in Abuja.
The court later discharged and struck out all cases against kanu after the SSS applied for the discontinuation of the case for lack of jurisdiction by the Magistrate Court to entertain the matter.
Also on Thursday, December 17, the Federal High Court presided over by Ademola Adeniyi ordered an immediate and unconditional release of the accused.
Meanwhile, Vincent Egechukwu Obetta, counsel to the detained director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, had also accused the federal government of instituting unnecessary legal bottlenecks to frustrate his release.
In a related development, a statement signed by MASSOB leader Uchenna Madu in Enugu on Wednesday, and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) accused Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra state of involvement in the killings of people who were jubilating following the release Nnamadi Kanu on bail in front of Abuja Federal High Court.