The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) be remanded in prison.
The Federal High Court also struck out six charges of treasonable felony brought against Kanu by the Department of State Services (DSS).
Kanu was arraigned in court today, January 20, 2016 on treason charges and other offences bordering on his agitation for the secession of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria.
Chuks Muoma (SAN), counsel to Kanu, in his argument said that his client should be detained in prison custody rather than the SSS.
He argued that since his incarceration, his client has been kept incommunicado for three months within the confines of the SSS facility.
He further prayed the court to send the accused person to prison so that his family could have access to him.
But, Mohammed Diri, counsel to the Department of State Services (DSS) in his objection said the accused person should remain under the SSS custody for security reasons.
Diri also prayed the court strike out the charges against Kanu on Friday, December 18.
“We filed the first set of charges on December 18, and the second set of charges on December 23. The prosecution intend to withdraw the charges filed on December 18 and proceed with the charges filed on December 23,” Diri said.
After listening to the both of them Tsoho gave the order that Kanu be remanded in the custody of the Nigeria Prison Service, Kuje, pending his trial for treason.
Having considered all submissions and application before the court and relying on the constitution, an accused person should be remanded in prison custody, he said.
Tsoho said that all arrangement transfer of accused person and all security protocols needed should be made available by the federal government
Kanu’s case was adjourned to Monday, January 25.
Kanu was arrested in Lagos upon his arrival from the United Kingdom. He has been granted bail by three different courts, but the DSS has continued to flout the court orders.