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Court fixes date for preliminary objection filed by Nnamdi Kanu

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, has fixed the 8th of April, this year, for ruling on a preliminary objection filed by the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, challenging the validity of the 15-count amended charge preferred against him by the Federal Government.

Justice Nyako fixed the date after Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, counsel to Kanu and Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, the prosecution counsel, had adopted arguments for and against the Defendant’s preliminary objection.

When the matter came up, Chief Ozekhome pleaded with the court to acquit and dismiss all the charges filed against Mazi Kanu by the Federal Government as it was defective and baseless.

However, the prosecution counsel asked the court to discountenance Kanu’s objection and proceed to order him to enter defence.

Earlier, Chief Mike Ozekhome raised an alarm that his client’s eye sight had deteriorated and may go blind if nothing was urgently done to restore his sight.

Chief Ozekhome argued that his client’s eye glass was confiscated in 2015, when he was initially arrested by DSS operatives, following his return to Nigeria from the United Kingdom.

He equally told the court that a new eyeglass that Kanu bought was also seized from him during his extraordinary rendition from Kenya.

Meanwhile, the Director of Legal, DSS told the court that the family members of Kanu brought a cloth with a lion’s heart, which offended their standard of operation.

The DSS was responding to the court’s question on why Kanu still wore his white Fendi designer cloth to court.

when asked what type of cloth the Defendant would want to wear, Kanu replied that he wanted to wear “Isi Agu”, which was the cloth of his People.

Justice Nyanko denied him access to the cloth adding that it would not be worn in her court and therefore ordered the DSS to issue the Defendant his pair of eyeglasses.

Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu, Editing by Tola Oguneye