A judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ahmed Mohammed, has withdrawn from the trial of pro-Biafra leader and founder of Biafra Radio, Nnamdi Kanu in Abuja on Wednesday.
This followed an objection by Kanu objected to the case saying that he lacked confidence of getting justice from the trial conducted by the judge.
Two other persons charged along with Kanu are Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
The judge upheld Kanu’s objection saying that it was within his right to object to being tried before a judge or any court in which he had no confidence.
The arraignment of the accused persons scheduled for Wednesday was delayed, as the judge ruled that he would return the case file to the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, “for further action.”
The Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Mohammed Diri, who filed fresh six counts including treasonable felony against Kanu and two others on Friday, asked the judge to dismiss Kanu’s objection citing section 396(2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015.
The provision of the law only allows a defendant to only raise an objection to the competence of the charges preferred against him after he or she has taken his plea provided that his objection would be considered along with the substantive case.
But Justice Mohammed in dismissing the DPP’s objection held that the type of objection raised by Kanu had nothing to do with the one contemplated under section 396 of the ACJ Act.