The Federal High Court Abuja, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, has dismissed eight out of the 15 terrorism and felony charges against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
Justice Nyako struck out these charges while ruling on a preliminary objection filed by the IPOB leader.
“In this instant preliminary objection application, I have read the counts and come to the conclusion that counts six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12 and 14 have not disclosed any offence against the defendant.
“‘Counts one, two, three, four, five, eight and 15 show some allegations, which the defendant has to answer.
“The court shall proceed to try the defendant on those counts,” Justice Nyako said.
Reacting to the news, some restaurants and beer parlours in Owerri were seen playing host to scores of jubilant youths, relishing what they called “the preliminary victory of the IPOB leader”.
It has been reported that some joyful youths were of the opinion that it is just the beginning of victory.
In World Bank Housing Estate, New Owerri, a number of people wearing cheerful looks, were spotted in clusters, discussing the outcome of yesterday’s court ruling.