The Department of State Services (DSS) has requested a Magistrates Court sitting in Abuja to stop the case of criminal conspiracy and intimidation preferred against the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The Prosecuting Counsel, Moses Idakwo, said after the last arraignment of the accused in court, the DSS stumbled upon new evidence which took the case out of the jurisdiction of the court, and requires further investigation.
“The complainant is, therefore, applying to discontinue the matter under section 108(1) of administration of criminal justice act 2015.’’ Idakwo said that the DSS had also obtained an order from the Federal High Court, Abuja, dated Nov.10, to detain the accused in its custody for 90 days.
Objecting, Kanu’s counsel, Vincent Obetta, prayed the court not to discontinue the case because the prosecution did not present any information from the Attorney-General of Federation who had the authority to approve such. Obetta told the court that the DSS violated the order of the court which granted bail that was perfected but not granted, adding that the accused had been in DSS custody since he was arrested.
Subsequently, the magistrate, Mr Usman Shuaibu, after listening to both counsels, adjourned the matter until Dec.1 for ruling.
Mr. Nnamdi Kanu is standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to unlawful society, to which he pleaded not guilty.