An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court has again adjourned hearing in the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, following a request by the prosecution.
The Federal High Court in Abuja yesterday adjourned hearing in the trial of Mazi. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), following a request by the prosecution till Febraury 20, 2018.
Mazi. Nnamdi Kanu and three others, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu, and Chidebere Onwudiewe, are facing trial before Justice Binta Nyako for alleged treasonable offences; however, Mazi. Nnamdi Kanu was granted bail on health grounds in April, but disappeared five months later after the invasion to his country home by the Nigerian Army with no trace yet of his current location.
Trial Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the matter at the instance of the Federal Government which notified the court of the absence of its prosecutor, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran who is currently attending a seminar outside the country and thus in a letter to the court, applied for the case to be adjourned till next year for continuation of trial and to enable those that stood surety for the IPOB leader to produce him before the court.
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has since accused the Nigerian Army of arresting Mazi. Nnamdi Kanu during the invasion of his residence in Abia State of which the military spokesperson, John Enenche, denied the accusation.
Already, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe who was one of the three persons that stood surety for Kanu has applied to be discharged by the court, insisting that he lacks the capacity to produce the defendant for continuation of his trial.
The sureties were expected to appear in November, but that hearing was stalled due to the engagement of Mrs. Nyako at a conference of judges in Abuja, hence the matter was postponed till Tuesday.