Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the trial of detained leader of the
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu till January 19, 2022.
Okay.ng understands that the trial was adjourned after Kanu’s staged a walk-out over the refusal of operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, to allow some of them to gain access into the courtroom.
The IPOB leader speaking shortly after his case was called up, lamented the refusal of security agents to allow some members of his legal team, especially his lawyer from the the United State of America, Bruce Fein, to enter the courtroom.
According to Kanu, Mr. Fein, who he said was handling a case for him in the United States, was around to witness his trial.
He said: “I have an ongoing case in the US. I have not been allowed to see him. He is here to see me and to observe the proceedings.
“He has been to the DSS to see me, but they denied him access to me”
When asked by the judge, if he was ready to conduct the proceedings himself, in the absence of his lawyers, Kanu replied in the negative.
Responding to the matter, Counsel to Federal Government, Mr. M. D. Abubakar, who is the Director of Public Prosecution, urged the court to proceed with the trial in the absence of Kanu’s lawyers.
He told the court that ordinarily, the matter was fixed for hearing of an application that was filed by the Defendant.
Abubakar argued that since Kanu’s lead counsel, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who was initially inside the courtroom, walked out with his team shortly before the arrival of the judge, his pending application should be deemed abandoned.
However, Justice Nyako expressed her displeasure over the conduct of Kanu’s lawyers, she refused to dismiss the pending application and rather adjourned the case till January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial.