The Federal Government has amended the terrorism charges against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu.
It increased the counts from seven to 15 ahead of the resumed hearing today at the Federal High Court in Abuja.
His lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had on December 2 applied for a rescheduling of the case till January 18.
Yesterday, Kanu’s legal team said it was served with an amended 15-count charge filed on January 17, with eight new counts added.
A lawyer in Kanu’s team, Maxwell Opara, described the amendment as a ploy by the prosecution to delay the case.
Opara told our correspondent that he was served with the amended charge yesterday while the legal team was preparing to visit Kanu in the custody of the State Security Service (SSS).
“My annoyance is not about 15 worthless and empty amended charges, but it is just a calculated attempt to delay the trial and have an excuse to further incarcerate MNK (Maxi Nnamdi Kanu) in solitary confinement.
“Imagine, since the last adjourned date, more than two months now, they did not deem it necessary to amend, file and serve us, but waited till today (yesterday) for them to do that with their ultimate intention to frustrate the trial tomorrow (today).
“Anyway, we shall sort it out with them in court,” Opara said