Nnamdi Kanu, the arrested leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has been charged with an amended seven-count charge by the federal government.
On Monday, the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice filed a modified complaint that includes treasonable felony and Kanu’s suspected involvement in terrorism.
Senator Ifeanyi Uba, the legislator representing Anambra North senatorial district in the National Assembly, has filed a complaint in Abuja’s Federal High Court.
In a request filed on October 15, the lawmaker asks for permission to visit Kanu, who is being held by the Department of State Services (DSS).
He requested an order allowing him to meet the arrested IPOB leader as part of his parliamentary oversight role and to investigate his alleged involvement in the unrest in the South East.
Senator Uba indicated in an affidavit he personally deposed to that there has been substantial agitation aimed at securing his release, which has devolved into the issuance of sit-at-home orders across the region, a condition he claims is harming the South East’s economy.
He was denied access to the defendant in the DSS detention facility and told that he would have to go to court to get permission to visit Kanu.
Kanu was first arrested in 2015 on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms, and improper importation of goods, among others.
The embattled IPOB leader fled the country in 2017 after he was granted bail for medical reasons and was later sighted in Israel, but he was intercepted on June 27 and repatriated to Nigeria to face the charges