Amended charges against Nnamdi Kanu worthless – Lead counsel

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel of Nnamdi Kanu, detained leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), has described as worthless the amended 7-count charge against his client.

The federal government through the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami increased the five-count charge bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism against the secessionist to seven.

Addressing journalists after the court sitting where Mr Kanu pleaded not guilty, Mr Ejiofor flanked by American Lawyer, Bruce Fein, among others, said the defence team has filed application challenging the competence of the charge which the court has fixed November 10 to hear.

“We are challenging the competence of the worthless charge they filed against our client,” the lawyer said. “You can’t file a charge whose evidence has no connection with the charge before the court, mentioning the charge before you (journalists) means I am giving it credence.”

The lawyer said his team also raised the issue of how his client was abducted in Kenya and renditioned to Nigeria, arguing that “the system can not benefit from their own wrong and this formed parts of our objection.”

He also registered his displeasure at the conduct of security agencies which barred journalists and some members of his team from accessing the court room.

The lead counsel who said he told the court about the development expressed hope that the scenario will not repeat itself at the next adjourned date.