Protest by Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyers forces court to adjourn trial

The legal team of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on Wednesday in Abuja forced the federal high court to shift the trial of their client till January 19 and 20 next year.

The legal team, led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had chosen to stay out of court in protest against the refusal of security operatives to permit a foreign lawyer into the courtroom.

Although Ejiofor and others had earlier entered the room, they left when information got to them that the foreign counsel would not be allowed into the courtroom.

Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the matter when it became obvious that the lawyers would not come back.

DSS brought Kanu into the court at about 9:52 am. The police had barred lawyers, journalists, and traditional rulers from entering the court building as his trial resumed.

DSS also denied delegates of the Igbo Traditional Rulers access to the building.

The traditional rulers are in Abuja in solidarity with the IPOB leader, whose late father was an Eze in Afaraukwu, Umuahia, the Abia State capital.

Kanu is being tried before Justice Binta Nyako-led court by the Nigerian Government for charges bordering on terrorism.

He was rearrested in June in Kenya and repatriated to Nigeria to face his trial.

Meanwhile, Kanu has been returned to the custody of the Department of State Services.



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