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The Federal Government has filed amended seven counts against the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.

Maxwell Opara, one of Kanu’s lawyers, stated this in a short interview with journalists on the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

According to a report by The Punch, Mr Opara was in the court with Senator Ifeanyi Ubah to file a motion on notice seeking an order granting him leave to visit Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Services.

“The Federal Government has filed amended seven counts against Kanu,” he said with no details.

The amended charges, which were filed by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, border on treasonable felony and Kanu’s alleged involvement in acts of terrorism.

As of the time of this report, the details of the amended charges had yet to be made public to journalists by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN).

Mr Kanu will be re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday.

The IPOB leader will now be rearraigned on a seven-count charge as against the five counts he was previously answering to, bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.

Meanwhile, the court has issued a hearing notice to Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to Kanu, and that of the prosecution.

The notice gave fresh directives on the conduct of the proceedings throughout the case.

“This case will be transferred from the general cause list to the hearing paper for Thursday, 21st October, 2021,at 9 o’clock forenoon and will come on to be on that day if the business of the court permits or otherwise on some adjustment day of which you will receive no further notice,” the notice reads.

“If either party desires to postpone the hearing, he must apply to the court as soon as possible for that purpose, and if the application is based on any matter of fact, he must be prepared to give proof of those facts.Advertisement

“The parties are warned that at the hearing, they are required to bring forward all the evidence by witnesses or by documents, which each of them desires to rely on in support of his own case and in contradiction of that of his opponent.

“The proof will be required at the hearing and not on a subsequent day, and parties failing to bring their evidence forward at the proper time may find themselves absolutely precluded from adducing it at all, or at best only allowed to do so on payment of substantial costs to the other side, and on such other terms as the court deems fits to impose.

“Parties desirous to enforce the attendance of witnesses should apply at once to the court to issue one or more summonses for the attendance of the witnesses required.

“It is indispensable that the application should be made so as to allow time for reasonable notice to the witnesses required.Advertisement

“If the witness is required to bring books or papers, they must be particularised in the summons sufficiently to enable him to understand what is meant.

“Any party summoning a witness through the court thereby becomes liable to pay such witness reasonable sum of money to be fixed by the court for his expense and loss of time.

“The court may refuse to enforce the attendance of a witness unless such sum has been fixed and deposited in the court.

“If either party desires to use in evidence at the hearing, any book or document in the possession or power of the other party, he must give the other party, reasonable notice in writing to produce it at the hearing, failing which he will not be allowed to give any secondary evidence of its contents.”

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