The Nigerian government, in an amended seven-count charge against the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, alleged that the latter’s broadcast led to the killing of security agents in the South-East region.
The amended charge, which was filed by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, borders on treasonable felony and Kanu’s alleged involvement in acts of terrorism.
It was stated that the federal government included a fresh allegation that Kanu, in furtherance of acts of terrorism, issued a deadly threat that anyone that flouted his sit-at-home order should write his or her will.
The government alleged that as a result of Kanu’s directives, banks, schools, markets, shopping malls, fuel stations were not opened for businesses, with vehicular movements grounded in the South East region of the country.
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.”
Attached in support of the amended charge dated October 14, included a seven-paragraphed affidavit of completion of investigation deposed to by one Loveme Odubo, a prosecutor in the Federal Ministry of Justice.
The government equally lined up five witnesses to testify in the matter, among whom are officials of the Department of State Service, DSS, and one Ronald S. who was identified as the manager of a Hotel in Lagos.
Kanu is set to be re-arraigned before trial Justice Binta Nyako on Thursday.