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Nigeria: Court orders Nnamdi Kanu to be taken to prison

Nigeria: Court orders Nnamdi Kanu to be taken to prison


A Nigerian Federal High Court judge, Justice James Tsoho, has ordered that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and founder of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, be taken to Kuje prison.

Kanu before now was in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

He was arraigned before the court on Wednesday, January 20 on trial for charges bordering on treason and agitations for the Republic of Biafra.

The presiding judge at the hearing ordered that Kanu be taken to prison instead of being kept in custody of the DSS overruling the request by the Director of Public Prosecutions,Mohammed Diri, for the continued incarceration of Kanu by the DSS.

This follows the killing of eight members of the IPOB in Aba by the military during their peaceful protest over the continued detention of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

Kanu has been in the custody since October 14, 2015 when he was arrested by agents of the DSS.

His defence team led by Chuks Mouoma (SAN)‎, had complained that the DSS denied the accused access to his family members and lawyers.

Kanu was arraigned alongside Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.