FG increases charges against Nnamdi Kanu as court issues hearing notice

The federal government has amended the charges it slammed on Nnamdi Kanu, detained leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB).

A source at the office of Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) who confirmed the development on condition of anonymity said the amended charges were filed late last week.

The separatist leader was first arraigned on 11-count charge but the court quashed six leaving five charges which the federal government has now increased to seven.

While the five count charges bordered on treasonable felony and terrorism, details of the additional two charges were sketchy as at press time.

Meanwhile, the Justice Binta Nyako-led court which is expected to hear the case on October 21 has issued a hearing notice to the parties, putting down the rules and guidelines for the trial.

“This case will be transferred from the general cause list to the hearing paper for Thursday, 21st October, 2021,at 9 o’clock forenoon and will come on to be on that day if the business of the court permits or otherwise on some adjustment day of which you will receive no further notice,” the notice reads. “If either party desires to postpone the hearing, he must apply to the court as soon as possible for that purpose, and if the application is based on any matter of fact, he must be prepared to give proof of those facts.

“The parties are warned that at the hearing, they are required to bring forward all the evidence by witnesses or by documents, which each of them desires to rely on in support of his own case and in contradiction of that of his opponent.

“The proof will be required at the hearing and not on a subsequent day, and parties failing to bring their evidence forward at the proper time may find themselves absolutely precluded from adducing it at all, or at best only allowed to do so on payment of substantial costs to the other side, and on such other terms as the court deems fits to impose.

“Parties desirous to enforce the attendance of witnesses should apply at once to the court to issue one or more summonses for the attendance of the witnesses required.

“It is indispensable that the application should be made so as to allow time for reasonable notice to the witnesses required.

“If the witness is required to bring books or papers, they must be particularised in the summons sufficiently to enable him to understand what is meant.

“Any party summoning a witness through the court thereby becomes liable to pay such witness reasonable sum of money to be fixed by the court for his expense and loss of time.

“The court may refuse to enforce the attendance of a witness unless such sum has been fixed and deposited in the court.

“If either party desires to use in evidence at the hearing, any book or document in the possession or power of the other party, he must give the other party, reasonable notice in writing to produce it at the hearing, failing which he will not be allowed to give any secondary evidence of its contents.”