The Nigerian Government has claimed that the transmitters for pro-secessionist station, Radio Biafra were installed on masts of telecommunications company, MTN in Enugu and Anambra states to ensure wider coverage.
This was disclosed by the Federal Director of Public Prosecutions, Mohammed Diri while filing fresh charges against Radio Biafra Director, Nnamdi Kanu and two other persons before the Federal High Court in Abuja, Punch reports.
One of the accused persons, David Nwawuisi, a field maintenance engineer who was responsible for maintaining the MTN masts in Enugu State, was said to have installed the transmitters “on request by an IPOB member, Chidibere Onwudiwe.”
“The 3rd defendant, Nwawuisi, a Field Maintenance Engineer, charged with the responsibility of maintaining MTN masts in Enugu State, was also arrested in the course of the investigation,” Diri said.
Adding that “He agreed, on the request of an IPOB member, who is at large, Chidebere Onwudiwe, to install and did install IPOB radio transmitters on MTN masts for a consideration”.
The other defendant, Benjamin Madubugwu, is alleged to have received a container of housing transmitters from Kanu, who allegedly smuggled them into Nigeria.
The FG has charged Kanu with treason and has also accused him of sponsoring terrorism.
The judge previously assigned to his case, Justice Ahmed Mohammed stepped aside after Kanu objected to his trial saying that he had no confidence in the court.
The Radio Biafra boss made the comment due to his continued detention by the Department of State Services (DSS) despite a court ruling ordering his release.
The decision was reached by Justice Adeniyi Ademola who held that the DSS’ continued detention of Kanu was unlawful.
The Radio Biafra boss was arrested in October and supposedly granted bail but he was never freed.
Kanu’s continued detention has led his followers to launch protests in various part of the country to demand his freedom.