The Former Abia state senator, Orji Uzor Kalu, on Friday met the kept pioneer of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, with an end goal to expedite a political answer for his trial for asserted treachery.
Mr. Kanu was captured by the agents of the State Security Service on October 14 and was charged close by three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, with treasonable crime.
After the meeting, Mr. Kalu, who absconded as of late to the decision All Progressives Congress, told writers in Abuja that the prisoners had given him the “approval to chat for their benefit” with the Federal Government.
The previous senator was idealistic that supporters of Mr. Kanu would now be more helpful with the powers, taking after his discourse with their pioneer.
He said the examination will shape the reason for an interface between the Federal Government and Mr. Kanu.
He included that the arranged talk would have the view to end Mr. Kanu’s trial.
“I came to converse with him to converse with his supporters. I think they will have a change of state of mind. We are all Nigerians. In the event that both himself and the Federal Government are truly intrigued, we can go to a shared opinion. It is a probability,” said Mr. Kanu.
On the choice of the Federal High Court listening to the body of evidence against Mr. Kanu and his partners to allow fractional assurance to arraignment witnesses, Mr. Kalu said the practice has since quite a while ago existed.
“The security of witnesses is just the same old thing new in law. We can do that however it may not get to that stage; on the off chance that we converse with each other well. It is conceivable to settle out of court if both sides are sensible.
“Presently he has given me the thumbs up to chat for his sake. What’s more, in the event that I can talk for his sake, then the procedure will start; and if things go as they should, we won’t not get to the phase of requiring security of witnesses.
“In the event that he believes me and the Federal Government believes me, I don’t perceive how this won’t function. I know the administration well. I am an individual from the decision party. So I can utilize my position well,” Mr. Kalu said.
The previous senator clarified that his visit was in accordance with the United Nations’ sanction on human rights and in facilitation of his obligation to the state he once administered.
“My visit to Kanu is in consistence with the United Nation’s sanction that, any individual who is in jail ought to as often as possible be gone by.
“I chose to come and visit him as a more youthful sibling and as a previous legislative head of Abia State; once you turn into a senator, you have an obligation to dependably ensure your kin.
Mr. Kanu and the three different individuals from IPOB are being attempted at the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court.
The court had on December 17, 2015 requested the SSS to discharge Mr. Kanu genuinely. However, that decision, conveyed by Justice Adeniyi Ademola who is being blamed for extortion and is right now being arraigned, was upturned by another judge, John Tsoho, in January.
Not long after the decision rejecting him safeguard, Mr. Kanu proclaimed no trust in Mr. Tsoho’s fair-mindedness, compelling the judge to pull back from the matter.
Thusly, the case was exchanged to another judge, Binta Nyako. Mrs. Nyako likewise rejected a similar safeguard application for the respondent on December 1.
Lately, Mr. Kanu’s court appearance had been occasioned by confusion brought about by his supporters at the court premises.
Amid the keep going sitting on December 13, Mr. Kanu’s supporters conflicted with jail authorities after he made a few comments against President Muhammadu Buhari.
Mr. Kanu hails from Isiam Afara Local Government Area of Abia state.
Biafra: Court decides IPOB’s fate today
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja will today rule on the proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
The Acting Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Abdul Abdu-Kafarati, will deliver the judgment in the suit seeking to void the proscription and declaration of IPOB, as a terrorist organisation.
The Pro-Biafra group had through its lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, approached the court challenging the ruling it delivered on September 20, 2017, which outlawed it on the strength of an ex-parte motion the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, filed on behalf of the government.
The court had declared as illegal, all activities of IPOB, particularly in the South-East and South-South regions of the country in the said ruling.
The Acting Chief Justice, who gave the ruling in chambers, further restrained “any person or group of persons from participating in any of the group’s activities.”
The judge further directed the AGF to ensure that he published the order proscribing IPOB in the official gazette, as well as in two national dailies, an order FG had since complied with.
IPOB, however, in a motion it filed, insisted that the proscription order “was made without jurisdiction”, adding that it was “granted against an entity unknown to law.”
The group also queried the legal validity of the order, which it said was surreptitiously obtained by the Attorney-General.
Fulani Herdsmen: Nigeria Is Being Painted Red With Blood – Dogara
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has reacted to the various killings going on around the country, particularly in Benue and Taraba states.
Dogara cried out that the country was being painted ‘Red’ with Blood. In his address to Lawmakers on resumption from the Christmas/New year break, the speaker condemned the violence in Benue, Kaduna, Taraba, Zamfara, Adamawa and Rivers state. He said;
“Indeed, at no time in the recent past has the nation’s peace and unity been so vigorously and persistently challenged. This, however, is the real test for true leadership.
Our dear country is now being painted red with the blood of the innocents on account of unremitting bedlam callously promoted by cold-hearted merchants of death.
At these moments of intense outpouring of grief across the nation, it is important that we shun buck-passing and accept responsibility for these wanton killings without which we will never find a solution to this evil.”
Nigerian Government Seeks ECOWAS Support To End Herdsmen Crisis
The Nigerian government has called for the support of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in providing lasting solutions to the farmers and herdsmen crisis in the country.
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau disclosed this after a meeting with the President of the ECOWAS commission, Marcel De Souza at the ECOWAS secretariat Abuja.
This is one of the efforts being employed by federal government in tackling herdsmen crisis and to ensure that justice was meted out on the perpetrators.
Dambazau after the meeting told newsmen that the discussion was bordered on regional security as herder/farmers clashes alongside terrorists attacks became worrisome
He called for a ministerial conference of ECOWAS member states in order to come up with a framework that will address the trans-border crimes, which he said had contributed to the conflict.
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