Aloy Ejimakor, counsel to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, given reasons why the DSS failed to produce the Biafra agitator in court.
Naija News had earlier reported that the IPOB leader’s trial was adjourned till October 21st, 2021.
Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the trial on Monday at the resumption of proceedings at the court in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The trial suffered a setback after the Department of State Services (DSS) failed to produce Kanu in court.
The judge slammed the action of the DSS noting that she had stayed back in her chambers waiting for the defendant to be in court.
Speaking to DailyPost, Ejimakor claimed that the Federal Government’s lack of sufficient and credible evidence was responsible for the failure to produce Kanu in court.
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.”
He added that if Nnamdi Kanu’s absence was a ploy to keep him incarcerated indefinitely it won’t work.
Source: Naija News