The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the trial of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu to January 19, 2022.
Trial judge Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the matter after Kanu’s lawyers staged a walkout over the refusal of operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) to allow some of them access into the courtroom.
The IPOB leader is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony.
At the resumed trial on Monday Kanu, decried the refusal of security agents to allow some members of his legal team, especially his lawyer from the United States of America, Bruce Fein, to enter the courtroom.
The IPOB leader told the court that Mr Fein, who was handling a case for him in the US, was around to witness his trial.
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When asked by the judge if he was ready to conduct the proceedings himself, in the absence of his lawyers, Kanu said no.
Meanwhile, counsel to the federal government Mohamed Abubakar, who is the Director of Public Prosecution, urged the court to proceed with the trial in the absence of Kanu’s lawyers.
Abubakar argued that since Kanu’s lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who was initially inside the courtroom, walked out with his team shortly before the judge’s arrival, his pending application should be deemed abandoned.
In a short ruling, though Justice Nyako expressed his displeasure over the conduct of Kanu’s lawyers, she declined to dismiss the pending application.
The court instead adjourned the case till January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial.