Solidarity song rent the air as DSS fails to produce Kanu in court
Supporters and sympathisers of Nnamdi Kanu, the separatist leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) sang soulful solidarity song today in Abuja Federal High Court expecting Kanu, who was allegedly abducted to Nigeria from Kenya a fortnight ago. But the Nigerian authority, the Department of State Security failed to produce Kanu in Court. Kanu’s trail has been adjourned to October 21.https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=350000993444923&ref=search
Supporters sang a mournful war song: “Holy, Holy Holy, Nnamdi Kanu is another saviour”
Although unofficial sources said Kanu may have been taken out of Abuja or that Kanu was seriously unwell, his lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor said he had agreed with the DSS to have a meeting with Kanu ‘any moment from now.
A special counsel to Kanu, Aloy Ejimakor at the court premises on Monday suggested the reason the Department of State Services, DSS, failed to produce the Biafra agitator in court was the Federal Government’s lack of sufficient and credible
The Nigerian government had said DSS failed to produce the IPOB leader due to logistics.
Against this backdrop, the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako had adjourned the matter till October, 2021.
However, Ejimakor disclosed that the Nigerian government did not amend the charges against the agitator.
He said: “They gave no valid reason for Kanu not being in court, except to say it lies in their discretion. But the judge disagreed and told them that “trial can never commence without defendant being present”
“The Judge also ordered them to grant Kanu’s lawyers access to him twice a week. The matter was adjourned to October 21. And considering the impact of the court vacation, the judge indicated that should any issue concerning the case arise during the vacation, we should call the attention of her staff to it so that she can get the permission of the Chief Judge to grant us a hearing unless we don’t mind the vacation judge to hear us.
“Contrary to expectations, the charges were not amended.”
Asked if Kanu’s absence was a ploy to keep him incarcerated indefinitely, Ejimakor said: “If it is, it won’t work. I think that the government is lacking sufficient and credible evidence.”