Biafra: Court ‘frees’ Nnamdi Kanu as SSS discontinues case

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Pro-Biafra protesters [Photo: TodayNG]

A Magistrate Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday struck out all suits filed against the founder of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Magistrate Shuaibu Usman struck out all criminal charges levelled against Mr. Kanu after counsel to the State Security Services, Moses Idakwo, filed for discontinuation of the matter on the instruction of his client.

Mr. Usman said since the SSS, through its lawyer, had filed for a discontinuation of the case, he had no option than to discharge the accused.

Mr. Idakwo said further investigations by the SSS had shown that charges against Mr. Kanu could not be entertained by a Magistrate Court due to lack of jurisdiction.

Although he has been discharged by the magistrate court, Mr. Kanu may have a few more steps to freedom as he is also being tried at a Federal High Court.

At the hearing of the case on Monday, Mr. Idakwo told a Federal High Court in Abuja that Mr. Kanu, was sponsoring terrorism against Nigeria.

Mr. Idakwo asked the court to disregard a bail application by Mr. Kanu’s counsel, Vincent Obeta, as the matter involving his client was terrorism-related.

He said the SSS had evidence of bank accounts owned by the accused person where monies (both in dollars and pound sterling) were allegedly used for financing acts of terrorism against the country.

Mr. Idakwo told the court that Mr. Kanu had dual citizenship of Britain and Nigeria and therefore could flee and escape justice if granted bail.

Mr. Obeta also said his client had been in detention for 90 days.

After hearing the arguments of the two counsel regarding the bail application, the judge said he would look into the matter, setting aside Thursday, December 17, to deliver ruling on Mr. Kanu’s bail.

Mr. Kanu had been in detention at the SSS cell since his arrest in October by the secret service operatives.


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  • Hackervirus

    This again proves DSS and Buhari are all idiots. How can you arrest a man and could not bring charges against him? This makes mockery of the Nigerian Executive system.. Disgraceful

    • Babagana

      Magistrate court has no jurisdiction to try terrorism related matter for which kanu should be tried. They discontinued the case at that court to take it up with a court of higher jurisdiction. The fate of kanu can only be predicted tomorrow at the federal high court Abuja .

      • Otile

        Your master Imam Buhari is fast becoming like late Mobutu. He is fast alienating every group he does not like. Soon he will be surrounded by enemies just General Mobutu Sese Seko. Unbeknownst to him is the sad fact that he can’t trust the Yorubas, for when shit hits the fan they will betray him. Imam is confused indeed.

  • Outraged

    That’s last warning to Kanu. That’s a temporary pardon. Go and sin no more. Next time you won’t be lso lucky. All biafrauds should take note. Go back to your markets.

    • Hackervirus

      What do you mean by that? It is evident that the Nigeria Govt and the DSS could not bring any offence against him. That why the court released him.

    • Awolo

      You don’t know what you are talking. Does it not occur to your shallow mind that the DSS and the government that they are working for have no case against Nnamdi Kanu? Again it appears that you are so inept to understand that Buhari is sitting on a keg of gunpowder for now with all the crisis facing it. Jonathan has never had it so bad.

      • Hackervirus

        Leave that man to be talking nonsense. People that don’t read news. They just comment cos others are

  • Awolo

    This is what is called tactical withdrawal from an action that had no basis in the first place. It is aimed at saving the government from a monumental humiliation at a time when some fresh crisis is looming. With Boko Haram insurgency still raging, the Islamic Movement in Kaduna State gathering its momentum, the Biafran katakata and the simmering Niger Delta militancy would have been so much for Buhari and his make-shift administration.

    • Hackervirus

      The fact is that Buhari is confused. These Shiite people in Kaduna where they not exisiting during GEJ’s administration? How come no one heard about them? If GEJ could tolerate them despite all their insults, why can their own brother Buhari do same? Nigeria is heading for doom. Just like you said, Biafra struggles in the East, Boko Haram in the North, Shitte movement in the North Central, soon Creek boys from Nigeri Delta will start wrecking more havoc on the South South….Buhari will start running like headless chicken begging England for help

      • Awolo

        And come to think of it, that it has not occurred to Buhari and his government to make any comment on the Kaduna massacre means that they are culpable, particularly so when the president is a member of the Sunni movement, which is an arch-enemy of the Shiite movement.

        • Hackervirus

          Spot on….What elsea can we say.. They war betweenn these two are always deadly. Check out what is happening in Ira and Syria…….

    • e_orpheus

      There is nothing tactical about it. A magistrate court cannot hear or pass ruling on a terrorism related case. It is an issue of jurisdiction, period. ‘Oga magistrate, please we are withdrawing the case from your court as it is beyond your jurisdiction. We are carrying on at the federal high court’.

    • Mohammed

      You are right, but Buhari is a tough guy. I assure by the grace of God and with the backing of Nigerian people he will get the job done. Let’s we the Nigerian people be patience. Remember, Rome was not built in one day.

  • Hackervirus

    Where is the change Nigerians clamoured for? It seems like Nigerians
    rejected Goodluck for Badluck, Light for Darkness in the name of change.
    Blood is flowing everywhere–from Kaduna to Onitsha to Borno to
    Bayelsa. God where are you? Killing unarmed IPOB and Shitte members when Boko Haram are busy maiming lives in the North. Buhari is sitting on a keg of gun powder. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan never had it this tough as a president.
    #Change

    • Awolo

      God is punishing those gullible Nigerians that blindly embraced the fraudulent change that Buhari and his voodoo party sold to them. Nigerians have never had it this bad. Where are those e-rats that assisted Buhari to market the dummy change? Where is Gov El Rufai and his band of propagandists? I believe he has seen the type of evil change that he has brought upon his home state.

      • Hackervirus

        I even read EL Rufai was attacked by Kaduna citizens few days ago

      • Mohammed

        My friend, please stop blaming Buhari, because he inherited the mess from badluck Jonathan

  • David Musaed

    Everyone commenting here didn’t read the complete news but just saying things. The dss are only planning to move the case of terrorism against Kanu but at a federal court. He has not been granted freedom but his case at the magistrate court was discontinued. Olodo people wey no go school. Read well

    • Hackervirus

      Hahahaha..You are an i***t. Why cant DSS transfer him to prison while
      they prepare the terrorism case for Federal High Court? Since Nnamdi
      hold dual citizenship which the prosecutor highlighted that he might
      elope to Britiain and that will make the case against hime more
      difficult, why then did they not do the right thing and move him to
      prison? Stop commenting like and i***t that you are

      • David Musaed

        Mr. Idakwo asked the court to disregard a bail application by Mr. Kanu’s
        counsel, Vincent Obeta, as the matter involving his client was
        terrorism-related.

        He said the SSS had evidence of bank accounts owned by the accused
        person where monies (both in dollars and pound sterling) were allegedly
        used for financing acts of terrorism against the country.

        Mr. Idakwo told the court that Mr. Kanu had dual citizenship of
        Britain and Nigeria and therefore could flee and escape justice if
        granted bail.

        Mr. Obeta also said his client had been in detention for 90 days.

        After hearing the arguments of the two counsel regarding the bail
        application, the judge said he would look into the matter, setting aside
        Thursday, December 17, to deliver ruling on Mr. Kanu’s bail.

        NOW OPEN YOUR EYES AND READ 1Dl0T

        • Abdulazeez Oyibo

          ‘The hard headed never learn’.

          • Uchito

            Why are those from different parts of Nigeria scared of loosing Igbo’s?

          • Abdulazeez Oyibo

            We love the Igbo’s too much.

          • Mohammed

            Because we love Igbos, they are our brothers and sisters.we don’t want loose you, we are Nigerians.

    • Baba B

      Thank you my brother. I just responded to one of such fools

    • Otile

      What are you going to do when the federal court dismisses the stupid_charge of terrorism, are you still going to be commenting?

      • David Musaed

        seen. i wont exchange words with you because i have seen most of your comments here.

  • Taster

    The Z00 is on FIRE.
    Only the fear of Biafra will bring sanity back into this country.

    • Sword of Damocles

      Basketmouth the comedian. you mean the fear of being defrauded?

      • Taster

        Deluded souls are not welcomed, then get lost.

        • Mohammed

          Stop dreaming and wake up from your slumber, one Nigeria is here to stay because we love our Nigerians brothers and sisters.

    • Nwa_Africa

      Cheap whore………………………..

    • excel

      see mumu………. ọnụ ala akwụna

    • Mohammed

      If Biafra will bring sanity to Nigeria without violence or secession, your demonstration is welcome.

      • Taster

        Then join the peoples movement and get a life.

        • Mohammed

          I would if the movement is peaceful and not tainted with secession agitation

          • Awolo

            Why are you afraid of a people who are agitating to secede? Do you think your people will not survive if the Igbos secede?

          • Taster

            That you are a mohammedian doesn`t disqualify you being a biafran.
            All you need to do is just put on an ideology of equity, justice and fairness – and Biafra is all yours.

    • Sparzo

      When did you get your sex change?

  • excel

    I hope he learns his lesson that this administration isn’t the last administration where “do as you like was the order of the day”.

  • SECESSIONIST

    The triumph of evil over good can only be ephemeral. President Kanu must now go to court to press charges against Buhari for unlawful detention and use of instruments of state to terrorize individuals within the Nigerian state. Depriving Kanu of his freedom is ‘animalistic’ and it must not be allowed to be the norm in this 21st century.

    No one can stop a course whose time has come. The time for actualization of Biafra is here. Now. The drive to fulfill the goal of a separate state must now go on with momentum never seen before. We hope those to whom freedom of expression is alien will bewise enough to respect themselves and not provoke the calm in Biafrans. Kanu, welcome. Aluta continua.

    • Mohammed

      You will never accomplish your evil dream. Trouble makers. Your father ojukwu tried it, he failed, you are going fail too.

      • Peter

        What of your murderous northern region, where everyone is killing each other. The Hausa/Fulani man is a thoroughly wicked soul with no mercy for human lives. They don’t even value their own lives, talk less those of the other tribes. The blood of those Ibos massacred in the north is waging serious battle against the evil and criminal northern perpetrators. They will continue to decimate their remaining illiterate and visionless population. Animals.

        • Mohammed

          Those who kill innocent defenseless people don’t speak for peaceful northerners, they are illiterate, there actions are condemnable and reprehensible. We northerners condemned the terrorists action of boko haram. I hope you understand.

          • Awolo

            Where else in Nigeria are people so hateful of their fellow human beings other than in the north. As if what is happening in the North East is not enough, the north central has added its own. The killing spree that is the order of the day has its origin in the fact that forebears of the population of the entire region are economic migrants from Chad, Niger and Senegal – people with no blood relationships. There is hatred all over the blood of the people, leading to why there is large-scale poverty and invariably envy, jealousy and hatred among the people .

    • anwari

      Did you read the report at all? Your president is still in detention.

      • Abdulazeez Oyibo

        You know what the future say: ‘fools rush in’ .

  • Chukwudi Okonkwo

    JUSTICE4GOD :WHY DETENTION? FREE NNAMDI KANU AND LET THE TRUTH PREVAIL