Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has pleaded not guilty to the 15 charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism, filed against him by the Federal Government.
Kanu pleaded not guilty before Justice Binta Nyako at the resumed hearing of the case at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, January 19.
Kanu, who was brought into the courtroom around 10:15 am, said he was innocent of all the allegations levelled against him, even as he complained from the dock that some counts in the amended charge were similar.
Meanwhile, immediately the embattled IPOB leader finished taking his plea, the prosecution counsel, Labaran Magaji, told the court that he was ready to proceed with the trial, adding that he brought two witnesses to testify against the Defendant.
However, Kanu’s lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), told the court that he had on Tuesday evening, filed a 43-paged preliminary objection for the charge to be quashed and struck out without the matter proceeding to trial.
Labaran, however, argued that Kanu’s two applications were not ripe for hearing, stressing that he would require time to go through them so as to be able to respond.
In a brief ruling, Justice Nyako noted that since Kanu’s first application is challenging the propriety of his trial, as well as the competence of the charge against him, the court ought to hear it first. The court subsequently adjourned till February 16 to hear the pending application.