A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, until the 19th of January, next year.
The adjournment came after Kanu’s team of lawyers, staged a protest over refusal of operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, to allow some of them to gain access into the courtroom.
When the matter came up, Mazi Kanu told the court that Mr. Bruce Fein, who he said was handling a case for him in the US, was denied access to witness his trial and would not want the court to conduct the proceedings in the absence of his lawyers.
Meanwhile, counsel to the Federal government, Mr. Mohammed Abubakar, who is also the Director of Public Prosecution, urged the court to proceed with the trial in the absence of Kanu’s lawyers.
Mr. Abubakar argued that Kanu’s lead counsel, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who was initially inside the courtroom, walked out with his team shortly before the arrival of the judge, his pending application should be abandoned.
In a short ruling, though Justice Binta Nyako expressed displeasure over the conduct of Kanu’s lawyers and therefore adjourned the matter for trial