Nnamdi Kanu’s trial adjourned to October 21
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to October 21 over the failure of the Department of State Services (DSS) to provide him in court.
According to Mohammed Abubakar, the lawyer representing the Buhari regime he cited logistics reasons for the disobedience of the court order for Kanu to be returned to court on July 26 to hear a bail application.
Abubakar said the government was ready to allow the trial to continue in the absence of Kanu.
However, Justice Binta Murtala-Nyako said the government’s action was disturbing, saying Kanu should have been presented in court since he was remanded in DSS custody last month.
“I am also worried why the defendant is not here.,” Ms Murtala-Nyako said. “The first step in a criminals matter is to provide the defendant in court.”
Meanwhile, separatist leader’s lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor told the court that Kanu’s health conditions had deteriorated in custody and should be released before the next adjournment.
Ejiofor also said he believed Kanu had been taken away from Abuja where the judge said he should be remanded last month.
“I was informed authoritatively, I am speaking from the bar, that Nnamdi Kanu has been taken out of the jurisdiction of this court,” the lawyer said. Ejiofor said Kanu should not be allowed to suffer perpetually in DSS custody because of the long vacation that judges will be embarking upon from this month until mid-October.