The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that was earlier scheduled to hold today, July 26, at the Federal High Court, Abuja has been postponed to Thursday, October 21. The decision was prompted based on the failure of the DSS to produce the IPOB Leader in court today.
Justice Binta Nyako stated that there was nothing that could be done in the absence of the defendant. Speaking on why Nnamdi Kanu did not show up to court today for his trial, prosecuting lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar said it was due to logistic reasons.
Justice Nyako also ordered the Department of State Services (DSS) to allow Mr. Kanu’s Lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor access to his client owing to a statement by the lawyer that he has not been able to see Mr. Kanu for over eight days.
According to the judge, Justice Binta Nyako, the hearing could take place before the slated time if the prosecution is able to obtain a fiat from the court’s Chief Judge to allow proceedings during the court’s vacation which is presently ongoing.
Nnamdi Kanu was on June 29, 2021, rearrested and extradited back to Nigeria from Kenya as announced by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami. He is being arraigned in court on charges of treasonable felony.
In 2015, Mr. Kanu was charged with criminal conspiracy, intimidation, and membership in an illegal organization. He was later released after spending more than nineteen (19) months without trial on treason charges. He then left the country after his home in Abia State was raided by soldiers in 2017.