The Department of State Services (DSS) has failed to bring Nnamdi Kanu in court for his trial
The Department of State Services, DSS, failed to appear before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday to continue the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the jailed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB.
M. B. Abubakar, a government lawyer, blamed Kanu’s absence in court on “logistical challenges” when the matter was called up around 11:09 a.m.
While conceding that the case had been scheduled for hearing, Abubakar told the court that he was prepared to proceed in Kanu’s absence and that he had three witnesses ready to testify.
The prosecution, on the other hand, asked the court for guidance on whether the case may be continued now that the High Court has begun its annual vacation.
He claimed that without a Fiat from the Chief Judge of the High Court, it would be impossible to proceed with the case.
Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, testified in court that his client’s life was in danger.
For the previous ten days, Ejiofor has been unable to see his client, he told the court.
“My lord, speaking from the Bar, I have it on excellent authority that my client has been removed from this court’s jurisdiction,” Ejiofor continued.
He further argued that it would be in the best interests of justice if the court’s Chief Justice issued a Fiat allowing the trial to continue throughout the holidays.
Meanwhile, trial Justice Binta Nyako stated that the case could not proceed without Defendant present.
“I’m also concerned by the absence of the Defendant. In a criminal case, the first stage is to present the defendant in court. He isn’t present.
Despite the fact that Justice Nyako admitted she couldn’t move further with the case without Fiat’s permission to serve as a vacation judge, she issued an order instructing the DSS to provide Kanu access to his counsel.
Kanu must also appear in court on October 21, which is the next adjourned date in the case, according to the judge.