The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, till January 19, 2022.
The adjournment came after Kanu’s legal team staged a walkout in protest of the refusal of Department of State Services (DSS) agents to allow some lawyers entrance to the courtroom.
Kanu’s lawyer from the United States (U.S.), Bruce Fein, was also refused to enter the courtroom.
The IPOB leader told the court that Fein, who he said was handling a case for him in the U.S., was around to witness his trial.
“I have an ongoing case in the U.S. I have not been allowed to see him. He is here to see me and to observe the proceedings.
“He has been to the DSS to see me, but they denied him access to me,” Kanu stated from the dock. Asked by the judge if he was ready to conduct the proceedings himself in the absence of his lawyers, Kanu replied in the negative.
Justice Nyako expressed her displeasure over the conduct of Kanu’s lawyers. She declined the plea of the Federal Government’s Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr M. D. Abubakar, to dismiss the pending application and rather adjourned the case till January 19 and 20, 2022 for trial.