Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja has adjourned the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu to October 21, due to failure of Nigerian Government to produce him in court on Monday.
When the matter was called up, the prosecution counsel, M. B. Abubakar, informed the court that the matter was slated for hearing and that they were ready to continue.
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, then informed the court that there was a pending application before the court to transfer Kanu from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) to a correctional centre.
Justice Binta Nyako stated that the trial cannot continue in the absence of the IPOB leader since he was not available to stand his trial.
The court adjourned to October 21, 2021, for continuation of hearing.
Ejiofor, leading counsel for Nnamdi Kanu had told the court that the Department of State Services (DSS) had denied him and relatives of Kanu the opportunity to see him.
He said, “I was informed authoritatively, I am speaking from the bar, that Nnamdi Kanu has been taken out of jurisdiction of this court.
“We have been denied access to Kanu in the last 10 days.
“We are worried about his safety and don’t know why the Federal Government refused to bring him in court.” Sahara reporters.