Magistrate of the Chief Magistrate Court, Wuse Zone 2, Abuja, Shuaibu Usman,
on Wednesday discharged the Director of Radio Biafra and Leader of the
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, on all counts of criminal
conspiracy and ownership of an unlawful society brought against him by the
After holding that the government had dropped the charges against Kanu, the
judge ruled: “The accused person is hereby discharged and the case struck
The government through its agent, the Department of State Services (DSS), had
elected to withdraw the case at the lower court for a higher court, which has
jurisdiction to entertain charges bordering on terrorism, to take over.
Usman was scheduled to deliver judgment on the application of the DSS on
December 1, but he put it off until December 16, reports TheCable.
The DSS has held Kanu for at least 90 days despite an order of the magistrate
court granting him bail in October.
After the lower court granted him bail, the DSS got an order of the federal high
court, Abuja, to keep the leader of IPOB in detention.
However, his lawyer, Vincent Obetta, filed a counter application, seeking bail for
the accused person.
Meanwhile, Justice of the Federal High Court, Abuja, Adeniyi Ademola, is
expected to rule on the bail application on Thursday.
Since, the arrest and detention of Kanu by Nigeria’s secret Police, in Lagos, on
Saturday, October 17, wave of protests, engineered by IPOB, as well as
members of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra
(MASSOB) had swept through the South-East and parts of the South-South,
demanding an immediate and unconditional release of Kanu.