IPOB Not Unlawful, Unregistered, Says Justice Nyako

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday struck out six out of the 11 charges instituted against the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kano and the National Coordinator of IPOB member, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.

They are being tried for terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms and improper importation of goods.

Giving reasons for striking out the charges, Nyako said the prosecutor showed no proof of evidence in the filed application

Justice Nyako held that six of the 11 charges disclosed no prima facie cases and the elements of offences supposedly preferred against the defendants and therefore struck out charges contained in Counts 3, 5, 7, and 10, related to management of unlawful organization, intention to manufacture bomb, improper importation of a radio transmitter.

She said that the prosecution failed to show that IPOB was either unlawful, unregistered or had been proscribed.