By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA -The Federal Government has slammed a fresh six-count criminal charge against the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu was charged before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court alongside two others, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
The trio were accused of committing treasonable felony, an offence punishable under Section 41(C) of the Criminal Code Act, CAP C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
The charge which came up for mention before trial Justice Ahmed Mohammed Tuesday, was endorsed by the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mr. Mohammed Saidu Diri.
Meantime, when the matter was called up by Justice Mohammed Tuesday, neither the prosecuting counsel nor the accused persons were present in court.
However, one Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor announced appearance for the defendants, even as he queried the seriousness of the federal government to prosecute the matter.
Ejiofor insisted that the fresh charge was noting but a ploy by the government to ensure the continued detention of the accused persons, especially Kanu, who was earlier granted bail by the same high court.
Nevertheless, Justice Mohammed, explained that though the matter was slated in the court’s cause-list for mention yesterday, he said it was obvious that the prosecution was not notified.
The Judge therefore adjourned the case Wednesday, saying a date for the arraignment of the accused persons would be communicated to all the parties.