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Updated: FG failure to produce Kanu in court stalls trial

Nnamdi Kanu

*Court adjourns trial to October 21

Andrew Orolua, Abuja.

The federal government on Monday failed to produce the leader of proscribed indigenous peoples of Biafran Nnamdi Kanu in court contrary to an order of the Federal high court.

A new counsel who represented the federal government Mohammed Abubakar stunned the court when he announced that Kanu had not been brought before court .

He added that Kanu could not be produced in court due to logistics reasons.

His explanation sparked off hot arguments from counsel to Kanu, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor who accused the Department of the State Security Service of frustrating efforts by lawyers and family members to access the detained Biafra secessionist agitator.

Ejiofor made frantic efforts to move an application for the transfer of his client from the custody of DSS to Correctional Centre.

The efforts were however unsuccessful as the trial Court judge, Justice Binta Nyako declined to hear the request on the ground that the court would not proceed with the trial until Kanu is physically present in court as required by law.

Beyond Kanu’s absence in court, Justice Nyako drew the attention of the Federal government lawyer and that of Kanu to the fact that the yearly vacation of the court had commenced.

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The Judge told the parties that the fiat of the Chief Judge of the federal high court, Justice John Tsoho is required for the trial to go ahead during vacation.

Justice Nyako also stated that it was the duty of the prosecution to apply for the fiat if they want the trial during vacation and not the duty of her court.

The Judge expressed reservation on the failure to bring Kanu to court and adjourned the matter to October 21.

She hinted that the court will reconvene on an earlier date if the Chief Judge grants fiat for trial to proceed during vacation.

Justice Nyako also directed that henceforth, five lawyers would be allowed into the court room to stand for ‘Kanu as part of Covid-19 pandemic protocols.

Operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) and Policemen yesterday cordon off all the roads leading to the Federal High Abuja the venue of trial of the Leader of (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu who is facing treason charges.

DSS operatives and Policemen cordon off the area on Monday as early as 5 am. Fully armed Policemen and DSS operatives with rifles manned the roads and prevented people including journalists from accessing the court.

They used three vehicles each to roads leading to the Federal High Court through the Federal ministry of Justice , Abia House ,Nitel and Hilton hotel junctions, does effectively cut off all roads leading to the Court from a distance of about one kilometer.

The Federal High Court acting on the directive DSS issued accreditation to just 10 journalists from ten media houses out of about 50 recognized members of Judiciary Correspondents that daily covers proceedings in court.

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