Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has urged the federal government to withdraw the five-count charge preferred against his client and four others.
Mr. Ejiofor, alongside counsel to the other defendants, made the demand on Wednesday in Abuja at a press briefing.
He said that their demand was premised on the grounds that the federal government had refused to open its case against the defendants.
“We demand that the five-count charge preferred against our clients, Nnamdi Kanu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Bright Chimezie be immediately withdrawn and the defendants freed without further ado.
“This is because they have committed no offence known to law, and particularly because the federal government has refused to open her case on the criminal charges preferred against our clients.
“The second to fourth defendants cannot continue to be detained on the strength of the frivolous and concocted charges, in breach of their statutory guaranteed rights as encapsulated under Chapter 4 of the Constitution,” Mr. Ejiofor said.
According to him, there must be an end to litigation.
On the issue of Chimezie, the fifth defendant, who was added in an amended charge, Mr. Ejiofor demanded that the defendant should be released following an order made on May 24.