Nnamdi Kanu’s trial adjourned until January 19th, 2022
The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, was adjourned by Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday until January 19, 2021.
However, there was confusion when Kanu’s legal team staged a walkout over the refusal of Department of State Services operatives to let some of them into the courtroom.
Kanu, who was brought into the courtroom around 9.52 a.m., bemoaned the refusal of security agents to allow some members of his legal team, particularly his American lawyer, Bruce Fein, to enter the courtroom shortly after his case was called up.
He informed Justice Nyako that Fein, who was in charge of a case for him in the United States, was present at his trial.
“In the United States, I have an ongoing case. I am not permitted to see him. He’s come to see me and to keep an eye on the proceedings.
From the dock, Kanu stated, “He went to the DSS to see me, but they denied him access to me.”
Kanu declined to conduct the proceedings himself in the absence of his lawyers when asked by the Judge.
Meanwhile, M. D. Abubakar, counsel for the Federal Government and Director of Public Prosecution, urged the court to continue the trial despite Kanu’s absence.
He informed the court that the matter had been set for a hearing on the defendant’s application.
Abubakar argued that Kanu’s pending application should be deemed abandoned because his lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who was initially inside the courtroom, walked out with his team shortly before the judge arrived.
Justice Nyako expressed his displeasure with Kanu’s lawyers’ behavior in a brief ruling.
She refused to dismiss the pending application and instead rescheduled the case for trial on January 19 and 20, 2022.