Kanu: Court adjourns trial of IPOB leader to Jan 18

Kanu: Court adjourns trial of IPOB leader to Jan 18

Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday, December 2, has adjourned the trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, from January 19 to 18, 2022.

The shift in the trial date of Kanu followed the abridgment of time granted by the judge following a passionate plea to that effect.

Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had approached the court with an application seeking an order of the court to accommodate the trial in November and December this year as against the earlier fixed January 19.

Shuaib Labaran, who stood for the Federal Government, however, told the court that a counter affidavit; opposing the request by the government has been filled and served on Kanu.

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“My lord, only two days ago, we received a call from the registry of the court; informing us that following an application for an abridgement of time filed by the defendant, today is fixed for the hearing of the said application.
“My lord, we looked at the application and we filed a counter-affidavit to that effect,” he said.

Responding, Ejiofor said it was not in contention that the trial was adjourned to Jan. 19.

He stated that the substantive applications; challenging the competence of the charges against Kanu and jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter was not adjourned along with the trial.
“We have an application for time abridgement for today.
“Also, we have an application challenging the competency of the suit,” he said.

Justice Nyako however, informed Kanu’s lawyer that the application for time abridgment cannot be considered; because there is no judicial time for such an issue.

In the drama that ensued, the case diary of the court was read to the lawyer; to establish that the court has other cases to attend to.

However, following the insistence, Justice Nyako agreed to shift other cases slated for January 18; to accommodate the trial which will last till January 19 and 20.

Justice Nyako ordered DSS to allow Kanu to practice his faith, change his clothes; and be given the maximum possible comfort in the detention facility.

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