In an amendment seven-count charge filed against incarcerated Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu, the Nigerian government claimed that the latter’s broadcast resulted in the assassination of security agents in Nigeria’s South-East area.
The federal government allegedly included a new charge that Kanu, in furtherance of terrorist acts, made a lethal warning that everyone who disobeyed his sit-at-home command should write their will.
Banks, schools, marketplaces, shopping malls, and gasoline stations, according to the government, were closed for business as a result of Kanu’s commands, and vehicular movements were halted in the country’s South East.
It said the action amounted to an offence contrary to and punishable under 1(2) (b) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.
According to Vanguard, the earlier charge read partly, “On or about the 28th April, 2015 in London, the United Kingdom done in a broadcast on Radio Biafra monitored in Enugu, Enugu State and other parts of Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, referred to Major General Muhammadu Buhari, GCON, President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as a paedophile, a terrorist, an idiot and an embodiment of evil, knowing same to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 375 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C. 38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004”.
He was alleged to have committed treasonable felony, an offence punishable under Section 41(C) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
He was also alleged to have between 2018 and 2021, through Radio Biafra, professed to be a member of IPOB, a proscribed organization in Nigeria and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 16 of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.
Meanwhile, in count five of the charges, the government said that Kanu “on April 22, 2021, in London, United Kingdom, on Radio Biafra, monitored in Enugu and other parts of Nigeria, done an act of terrorism in that you incited the other members (followers) of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, a proscribed organisation in Nigeria, to look for security personnel, their family members through a Radio Biafra on 102.1FM monitored through the IPOB Community Radio, and you, thereby, committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 1 (2) (h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.”
A seven-paragraphed document of completion of inquiry deposed to by one Loveme Odubo, a prosecutor in the Federal Ministry of Justice, was attached to the amended charge dated October 14.
The government has also lined up five witnesses to testify in the case, including officials from the Department of State Service (DSS) and Ronald S., the manager of a hotel in Lagos.
On Thursday, Kanu will be re-arranged before trial Justice Binta Nyako.