Shuaibu Labaran, the prosecution counsel to the federal government, says Nnamdi Kanu, detained leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) denied being a member of the secessionist group.
Mr Labaran stated this on Wednesday while briefing journalists after the Federal High Court in Abuja adjourned the trial of Mr Kanu facing treasonable and terrorism charges.
He said one point to note in today’s sitting was the denial of the separatist leader that he is not a member of the group proscribed in 2017 due to clashes between its members and personnel of the Nigerian military.
The court adjourned to February 16 to hear a pending application challenging the competence of the amended 15-count charge levelled against Mr Kanu who was renditioned back to the country from Kenya.
“One thing that is very interesting that Nigerians should be looking out for is the fact that one of the counts suggesting that the defendant Nnamdi Kanu is a member of IPOB and he vehemently denied being a member of IPOB,” the lead counsel said, adding, “That is very curious and we urge Nigerians to see us through how we are going to prove all those charges against the defendant in more time to come.”
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel to the defendant was not reachable when contacted Wednesday afternoon. He is yet to respond to enquires requesting comments for this story.