The trial of the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) has taken another turn and has been adjourned till the 21st October, 2021.
This trial which was earlier adjourned from June to July has once again been adjourned till the month of October.
The reason for this is that the presiding judge, Dr Binta Nyako, said she would not proceed with the case as the defendant, Mazi Nnamdi kanu was absent in court and that her vacation commenced today which is Monday
The State Security Service (SSS) did not to produce the defendant, Nnamdi Kanu for his hearing. The prosecution team did not offer the reasons behind the absence and so the judge adjourned the case.
Earlier, the prosecuting lawyer, M. B Abubakar, informed the judge that Mr Kanu’s absence from court might be due to “logistical” issues encountered by the SSS which is the agency holding him in custody.
Mr Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, however, combated the prosecution’s claim, arguing that the IPOB leader had been taken out of Abuja.
The judge also rejected Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers’ pleas to move him to the Nigeria Correctional Center over security concerns and threats, plus their lack of access to him.
Nnamdi Kanu is standing trial on charges of terrorism, treasonable felony, illegal possession of arms and other charges.
The Nigeria Minister of Justice and Attorney-General told the channels at the hearing that Nnamdi Kanu will still answer to the eleven (11) charges facing him before he left the country.
Malami also stated that Nnamdi Kanu was equally facing charges on instigation of violence that led to loss of lives and properties. An accusation that Nnmadi Kanu’s lawyers denied.