The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and Radio Biafra director, Mr. Kanu, arraigned before Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday told the court before commencement of the prosecution’s plea that he preferred being held in detention, than subjecting himself to a trial, which outcome will not be respected. This was as Justice Mohammed withdrew himself from Kanu's case. The government had filed charges of treasonable felony against Kanu. The government specifically accused Mr. Kanu of plotting to split Nigeria, by creating a Biafra Republic with south east, south south states, and parts of Kogi and Benue states, as component units.
Kanu objected to the case, saying it was needless, as his previous trials had various outcomes that were abused or neglected by the office of the State Security Service, SSS. Justice Mohammed said he was standing down from the case, saying Mr. Kanu had the right to reject the trial, “after all justice is rooted on confidence”. “I hereby remit the case file to the honourable chief judge of this court to reassign it,” the judge said.