The road to freedom widened on Wednesday for the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, as a Federal High Court in Abuja struck out six of the 11 charges brought against him.
The judge Justice Binta Nyako says she is striking out the charges owing to a lack of evidence from the prosecution.
Kanu was charged before Court, alongside two others, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi on an original six-count charge of treason and managing the affairs of ‘an unlawful society.’
The charges were however amended to 11 on November 2016.
Nyako is the third judge to handle the case following the withdrawal of two previous judges.
The government is accusing Kanu of plotting to split Nigeria, by creating a Biafra Republic with southeast, south south states, and parts of Kogi and Benue states, as component units.
The judge struck out the charges, related to management of unlawful organisation, intention to manufacture bomb, improper importation of a radio transmitter.
The judge, in striking out the charge of management of unlawful organisation held that the prosecution had failed to show that IPOB was either unlawful, unregistered or had been proscribed.
Kanu’s lawyers last year said the Biafra leader was open negotiations with the federal government.
The lawyers however said such negotiations can only take place after he is released from incarceration.
The lawyers also made it clear that he is not part of the bargaining chip of neither the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) nor the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), who have both said he should be released as part of their own negotiations with the federal government.
On Tuesday, a former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Charles Soludo, and renowned economist Pat Utomi demanded his immediate release from jail.
Both men also condemned the alleged killing of IPOB members in the southeast and want a panel of inquiry set up to probe the killings.