The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, on Monday, adjourned the trial of Nanmdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), following the failure of the Department of State Services (DSS) to produce him in court.
According to Premium Times, the trial judge, Binta Nyako, said the trial was stalled not just because of Kanu’s absence in court, but also because the judges of the court began their vacation today.
Consequently, Nyako adjourned the case till October 21, 2021.
It was reported that earlier, the prosecuting lawyer, M. B Abubakar, informed the judge that the secessionist leader’s absence might be due to “logistical issues” encountered by the DSS, whose custody Kanu is being kept.
But Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, countered the claim, saying the IPOB leader had been moved out of Abuja.
Kanu was arrested in Kenya and extradited back to Nigeria on June 27, after being on the run for almost four years.
In April 2017, he was granted bail by the court, but fled the country shortly afterwards following the invasion of his home in Abia State by the military.