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Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Court Adjourns Kanu's Trial To Jan 19

•••As Lawyers Stage A Walk - Out

         •Kanu sandwiched by his lawyers



 | The Daily Crucible | Published Wednesday,  November 10, 2021


A Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday morning adjourned till January 19 the trial of detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

But before the adjournment, a drama ensued with Kanu’s team of lawyers staging a walk-out over the refusal of operatives of the Department of State Services to allow some of them as well as some Igbo traditional rulers entry to the courtroom.

Kanu was brought into the courtroom around 9.52am before Justice Binta Nyako and just as the case was mentioned, he lamented the refusal of security operatives to allow some of his legal team, especially his lawyer from the United State of America, Bruce Fein, to enter the courtroom.

He told Justice Nyako that Fein was handling a case for him in the U.S. and was around to witness his trial but the security agents locked him out. 

“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,” Kanu stated from the dock.

Asked by the Judge, if he was ready to conduct the proceedings himself, in the absence of his lawyers, Kanu said in the negative.

However, counsel to the Federal Government and Director of Public Prosecution, M. D. Abubakar, urged the court to proceed with the trial in the absence of Kanu’s lawyers.

He told the court that the matter was fixed for the hearing of an application that was filed by the defendant.

Abubakar argued that since Kanu’s lead counsel, 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.

Delivering a brief ruling, Justice Nyako expressed displeasure over the conduct of Kanu’s lawyers but declined to dismiss the pending application.

She adjourned the case till January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial.

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