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Nigeria files 15 fresh terrorism charges against Kanu

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The Federal Government on Monday filed 15 fresh terrorism charges against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The activist will return to court on Tuesday for hearing in his trial for alleged treasonable charges.

He was initially arraigned by the federal government on a seven-count charge of treasonable felony and other allied crimes.

READ ALSO:IPOB announces sit-at-home order ahead of Kanu’s trial

The Director of Public Prosecution, M.B. Abubakar, announced the 15-count amended charge marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 on Monday.

The IPOB leader was brought back to the country on June 27 last year.

President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier this month ruled out an unconditional release for Kanu and asked him to defend himself on the charges.

Below are the 15 charges against Nnamdi Kanu:

Charge One:
That Nnamdi Kanu… commit an act in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria by making a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to intimidate the population and you threatened that people will die, the whole world will stand still and you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(b) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act. 2013

Charge Two:
…Did commit an act in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria, made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court with intent to intimidate the population, you issued a deadly threat that anyone who flouted your sit-at-home order should “write his/her will” as a result Banks, Schools, Markets, Shopping malls, Fuel stations domiciled in the Eastern states of Nigeria were not opened for business, citizens and vehicular movements in the Eastern states of Nigeria were grounded within the jurisdiction this Honorable court and you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(b) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Three:
…Professed yourself to be a member and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, a proscribed organisation in Nigeria and that you there by committed an offense contrary to and punishable under section 16 of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Four:
On diverse dates between 2018 and 2021 made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria in which you incited members of the public in Nigeria to hunt and kill Nigerian security personnel and that you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(b) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Five:
On diverse dates between 2018 and 2021 made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria in which you incited members of the public in Nigeria to hunt and kill families of Nigerian security personnel and that you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Six:
On diverse dates between 2018 and 2021 made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria in which you incited members of the public in Nigeria to attack officers of the Nigerian Police Force and you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Seven:
On diverse dates between 2018 and 2021 made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria in which you incited members of the public in Nigeria to attack officers of the Nigerian Police Force and you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Eight:
…On diverse dates between 2018 and 2021 made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria in which you directed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, a proscribed organisation to manufacture bombs and you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(f) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Nine:
On diverse dates between 2018 and 2021 made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria, with intent to destabilize the Fundamental Political and Economic Structures of Nigeria, you incite members of the public to stop the Anambra state elections and you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Ten:
On diverse dates between 2018 and 2021 made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria, with intent to destabilize the Fundamental Political and Economic Structures of Nigeria, you incite members of the public to destroy public facilities and you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Eleven
…On diverse dates between 2018 and 2021 made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to intimidate the population of Nigeria, in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria, threatened members of the public not to come out on Monday the 31st day of May 2021 and you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Twelve
…On diverse dates between 2018 and 2021 made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to incite members of the public to stage a violent revolution, in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria, and that you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Thirteen
…On diverse dates between 2018 and 2021 made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to incite vilence, in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria, you directed members of the public to burn down every federal facility in Lagos resulting in major economic loss to the federal government and you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Fourteen
On diverse dates between 2018 and 2021 made a broadcast received and heard in Nigeria within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to incite vilence, in furtherance of an act of terrorism against the federal republic of Nigeria and the people of Nigeria, you directed members of the public to destroy public transport system in Lagos resulting in major economic loss to the government and you thereby committed an offense punishable under section 1(2)(h) of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act, 2013.

Charge Fifteen
On diverse dates between the month of March and April, 2015 imported Nigeria and kept in Ubulisiuzor in Ihiala local government area of Anambra state within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, a radio transmitter known as Tram 50L concealed in a container of used household items which you declared as used household items, and you thereby committed an offense contrary to section 47(2)(a) of the Criminal code Act, Cap. C45 Laws of the federation of Nigeria 2004.

By Oluwatobi Odeyinka…

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