A federal High Court sitting in Abuja, yesterday, adjourned, indefinitely, the trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in terrorism charges brought against him by Federal Government. Justice Binta Nyako put off the trial, indefinitely, at the instance of Kanu, pending the resolution of Federal Government’s appeal against the October 13 judgment of the Court of Appeal that freed him from terrorism charges. The Federal Government’s appeal, seeking reversal of the Court of Appeal judgment, is pending before the Supreme Court.
Two other cases billed for hearing before the court were also put off, indefinitely, for the same reason. Meanwhile, Kanu, yesterday, refused to appear before a Federal High Court, Abuja, in protest against Federal Government’s refusal to obey the Court of Appeal judgment that ordered his release from detention.
The refusal to appear in court was conveyed to Justice Nyako by Federal Government counsel, Mohammed Abubakar. He informed the court that all entreaties made to persuade Kanu to have a change of heart were rebuffed. The IPOB leader was said to have stood his ground not to appear in court until the October 13 judgment of the Court of Appeal is respected and obeyed by releasing him from the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS) in Abuja.
The Director of Public Prosecution, M.B. Abubakar, who appeared for the government, did not oppose an application by Kanu’s lead counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome, for the case to be adjourned to await the Supreme Court’s decision. Ozekhome, however, noted that his client was yet to be served with a copy of the fresh charge, which Federal Government filed against him, saying his team only heard about it from the social media.
Recently, Federal Government, again, filed fresh amended seven count charges of terrorism against the detained leader of IPOB.