By Alex Enumah in Abuja
The Federal Government on Tuesday re-arraigned the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, and three others on an 11-count charge of treasonable felony, illegal possession of firearms and terrorism.
ustice Binta Nyako is the third judge to hear the case of the Biafran agitator, who had accused two earlier Justices; Adeniyi Ademola and John Tsoho of the Federal High Court, Abuja, of bias.
In the amended charges dated November 7 and filed by a Director of Public Prosecution, Mohammed Umar, the Federal Government added five fresh charges to the earlier six the accused were charged with.
Also included in the charge for the first time is one David Nwawusi. The other two Onwudiwe Chidiebere and Benjamin Madubugwu had been charged along with Kanu in the earlier six-count charge.
When the case was called for hearing on Tuesday, all the defendants were present in court and pleaded not guilty to the charges when read to them.
However, trial Judge, Justice Nyako, adjourned hearing on the bail application till November 17.
Kanu, alongside Onwudiwe Chidiebere and Benjamin Madubugwu, werefirst arraigned before Justice Shuiabu Usman of a Magistrate Court in Wuse Zone 2, Abuja.
However, he dismissed the case following a motion by the prosecutor, the Department of State Services (DSS) that the court lacks jurisdiction to entertain the matter.