During the court session yesterday, detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu told the court that he was innocent of the crimes he is being charged for. Instead he says President Buhari is the one who is guilty of treasonable felony in 1983.
Nigerian history states that Buhari deposed the democratically elected government of President Shehu Shagari in the 1983 military coup.
“My lord it was Buhari that committed treasonable felony in 1983 when he spearheaded a coup that overthrew a democratically elected government, not my client.”
– Kanu’s Lawyer.
Nnamdi faces an 11-count treason charge the government entered against him and three other pro-Biafra agitators – Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
His attorney pleaded with the court to note that Kanu was no terrorist; neither was he a national threat but just a freedom fighter.
He also told the court that there was no substantial evidence that Kanu and his comrades were guilty of the crimes accused of.
Vanguard report says that an affidavit by Ahmed Sadiya also says the accused persons were innocent of the charges leveled against them.
“[There was] nothing contained in the proof of evidence to show that IPOB, people merely exercising their constitutionally guaranteed rights to self determination, freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, is an unlawful society/organisation”.
Nnamdi Kanu says that the presented evidence of the supposed treason charge by the government were his “extra judicial” statements and Radio Biafra broadcasts.
On that note, he told the court that the radio station was legally registered under UK laws.
Shuaibu Diri, representing the Federal Government, also asked the court to refuse the application of the defendant.
However, the presiding judge Binta Nyako adjourned the case for Wednesday, February 10, for ruling on the bail application by the defendant.