The Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday struck out six of the 11 count charges brought against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), who has been in prison since 2015 for alleged treason with three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe.
According to Justice Binta Nyako who delivered the judgment, she noted that the counts 3, 5, 7, 9, 10 and 11 did not constitute a prima facie case against Kanu and the 3 others.
She added that the document presented before the court were not sufficient enough to prove the allegation that IPOB constituted an unlawful society.
Justice Nyako also noted that the Federal Government has failed to prove that the items allegedly imported by the defendants were banned by the Government of Nigeria.
Consequently, she struck out the charges and ordered a fresh hearing on the other five counts remaining.
The defendant however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The case was adjourned till March 20