ABUJA (Sundiata Post) – The lawyer of the embattled Coordinator of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, has expressed surprise at the reports that he tendered an apology to President Muhammadu Buhari, former President Goodluck Jonathan and other Igbo leaders.
The reports had it that Kanu who is also the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), apologised for his comment against Buhari, Jonathan and others in a statement which he made to the DSS on October 23.
But Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Vincent Obetta who spoke with our correspondent on Wednesday, said that his client has made it clear during their various interactions that he has not and will not betray the cause.
Obetta said that to the best of his knowledge his client has not reneged on his quest for an Independent State of Biafra.
He has, however, promised to meet with the Biafran activist on Thursday to once again verify the allegations and clarify his stand on the agitation.
“The long and short of it the there is no apology from him of which I am aware of. The last time we spoke he told me he is not reneging on his mission and campaign because he has not committed any crime. This is why I am also surprised to see such report in some media,” he said.
Kanu had on December 23, during his appearance in Federal High Court for their scheduled arraignment, refused to take his plea for lack of confidence in the presiding judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed.
The IPOB leader bluntly refused to take plea on a six- count criminal charge of treason, importation of illegal goods and possession of fire arms filed against him by the Department of State Services (DSS) on the ground that he will not get fair trial.
The Biafran activist who was docked along with two others, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, claimed that he has no confidence in the court because information available to him indicated that he would not get fair trial before the judge.
“I will rather remain in detention than subject myself to a trial that I know amounts to perversion of justice,” Kanu had vowed.
In his ruling, Justice Mohammed agreed that accused person has the right to object to his trial before his court on the ground that justice is rooted in confidence and rejected the submission of the government lawyer.
The judge therefore ordered that case file be returned to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court so that it could be re assigned to another judge and for further action.
Prior to that ruling, Kanu had earlier been granted unconditional release by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal high Court Abuja from the custody of the DSS but the order was not obeyed and instead a fresh charge was brought against him by the federal government