The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Monday has adjourned the trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
Presiding judge, Binta Nyako reached the decision after the Department of State Services failed to produce the IPOB leader in court.
When the case was called up around 11:09 am, government lawyer, M. B. Abubakar, blamed Kanu’s absence in court on what he termed as ‘logistical problems,’ ThePunch writes.
Abubakar, while acknowledging that the matter was slated for hearing, told the court that he was ready to proceed in Kanu’s absence, adding that he has three witnesses ready to testify.
The Prosecution, however, sought the court’s direction on whether the matter could go on, considering that the High Court has commenced its annual vacation.
Reacting, Kanu’s lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, told the court that the life of his client was in danger, adding that he had been unable to have access to his client for the past 10 days.
He agreed with the prosecution that it would be in the interest of justice for the CJ of the court to issue Fiat for the trial to go on during the courts’ vacation.
Meanwhile, trial Justice Nyako noted that the case could not go on in the absence of the defendant.
“I am also worried why the Defendant is not here. The first step in a criminals matter is to provide the Defendant in court. He is not here.”
Though Justice Nyako acknowledged that she could not proceed with the case without Fiat allowing her to sit as a vacation judge, she made an order, directing the DSS to grant the lawyer access to Kanu.
The judge also ordered that Kanu must be produced before the court on October 21 which is the next adjourned date for the matter.