The Department of State Services, DSS has given reason for not producing the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in court on Monday, July 26, 2021.
Naija News reports that the security agency gave logistics difficulties as a reason why the secessionist did not appear in court today.
Aloy Ejimakor, a member of the IPOB leader’s legal team, revealed this during an interview with newsmen on Monday. Kanu was absent from court when his trial resumed at the Federal High Court Abuja today, as a result, Justice Binta Nyako, postponed the trial.
The judge also did not attend to the prayer of Kanu’s lawyers that the court should grant a pending application before it to transfer Kanu from the custody of the Department of State Services to a correctional centre in Abuja.
Justice Nyako subsequently adjourned the trial of Kanu to October 21, 2021, for the continuation of the hearing.
Reacting, Ejimakor said, “The DSS didn’t bring Kanu to court. They gave no valid reason for Kanu not being in court except to say that they had logistics difficulties but the Judge disagreed and told them that “trial can never commence without the defendant being present”.”
The lawyer said the judge ordered the secret police to grant Kanu access to his lawyers twice a week – Mondays and Thursdays. He stressed further though the matter was adjourned to October 21, the judge noted 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 for vacation judge to grant us a hearing”.
Ejimakor also said contrary to expectations, the court did not amend the charges.
Source: Naija News