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Nigeria to hear all terrorism trials in secret, judge rules

Nigeria to hear all terrorism trials in secret, judge rules

CAMILLUS EBOH A federal judge ruled that all trials of terrorism cases in Nigeria will henceforth be held in camera. In a statement titled "new practice directions on hearing of terrorism cases", Justice John Terhemba Tsoho also said coverage of any part of such proceedings would be prohibited. He said the new ruling was designed to ensure the security and safety of all parties and members of the public and ensuring fair trials. Separately, the leader of a banned separatist movement charged with terrorism offences filed a suit alleging that he cannot be tried because he was illegally extradited from…
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Nigerian separatist leader Kanu faces new charges as trial resumes

Nigerian separatist leader Kanu faces new charges as trial resumes

CAMILLUS EBOH A lawyer for outlawed Nigerian separatist leader Nnamdi Kanu, whose trial on terrorism charges resumed on Tuesday, accused authorities of seeking to extend his client's time in custody by filing additional charges. Kanu heads Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a group he founded in 2014 that is pressing for the secession of the Igbo ethnic group's homeland, which covers part of southeast Nigeria. Authorities view IPOB as a terrorist group. Kanu previously pleaded not guilty to seven charges including terrorism, calling for secession and knowingly broadcasting falsehoods about President Muhammadu Buhari. On Tuesday Kanu faced eight additional charges,…
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Biafran separatist ask to be freed, to go to UK

Biafran separatist ask to be freed, to go to UK

THE detained leader of a separatist group in Nigeria has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was illegally transferred from Kenya to Nigeria and demanding he is freed and allowed to go to Britain, according to media reports citing legal documents. Nnamdi Kanu, who holds British citizenship, leads the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group which campaigns for part of southeastern Nigeria to secede and has been labelled a terrorist organisation by the Nigerian authorities. Kanu spent two years in jail in Nigeria but disappeared after he was freed on bail in April 2017. He was re-arrested in June this…
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UK asks Nigeria to explain Kanu’s arrest

UK asks Nigeria to explain Kanu’s arrest

BRITAIN asked Nigeria to explain where and how Nnamdi Kanu, a separatist leader who holds British citizenship, was arrested after Kanu's lawyer alleged he had been detained and mistreated in Kenya before being sent back to Nigeria. Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group which wants part of southeastern Nigeria to secede, was on the run outside Nigeria for four years until he was brought to court in Abuja on June 29 and told he would face trial. "We are seeking clarification from the Nigerian government about the circumstances of the arrest and detention of Nnamdi Kanu,"…
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