Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal Excessive Court docket sitting in Abuja has adjourned the trial of the chief of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, until October 21 following the failure of the Federal Authorities to supply him in court docket on Monday.
When the matter was referred to as at about 11.10 a.m. after counsel representing events had introduced their appearances, lead counsel to the prosecution, Mohammed Abubakar, knowledgeable the court docket that the case was for continuation of trial and was prepared for the proceedings, regardless that Kanu was not produced in court docket by the Division of State Providers (DSS).
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He nevertheless requested the court docket to proceed with the trial with out a fiat, from the Chief Choose of the court docket, bearing in mind that the court docket has commenced its annual trip and the trial decide was not one of many trip judges.
Reacting, Kanu’s lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, knowledgeable the court docket of an software he filed looking for the switch of Kanu from DSS custody to correctional centre.
The trial decide, in a brief ruling, held that the trial of Kanu can not proceed in his absence, having been arrested and introduced into the nation.
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She insisted that Kanu should bodily be delivered to court docket since he’s now accessible to face his trial and urged the prosecution to make sure that Kanu be delivered to court docket to witness his trial. She then adjourned the matter until October 21.
In the meantime, Kanu’s lead counsel on Monday, additionally instructed the court docket that the DSS had denied him and family members of Kanu the chance to see him.
“I used to be knowledgeable authoritatively, I’m talking from the bar, that Nnamdi Kanu has been taken out of jurisdiction of this court docket.
“We’ve been denied entry to Kanu within the final 10 days. We’re apprehensive about his security and don’t know why the Federal Authorities refused to convey him in court docket,” Ejiofor instructed the court docket.
It is going to be recalled that after over two years of manhunt, the Federal Authorities re-arrested the Biafran chief and was instantly delivered to Nigeria for continuation of his trial.
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