The Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja yesterday adjourned to May 5th, the appeal brought before it by the detained IPOB leader (Indigenous People of Biafra leader), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and two other Biafran activists, David Nwawusi and Benjamin Madubugwu, who are answering to a six-count charge of treason alongside their leader.
The postponement of the case by a three-man panel of Justices of the appellate court led by Justice Abdul Aboki, was because the court failed to list the hearing on the cause list.
Kanu’s lawyer, Chief Chuks Muoma, SAN, expressed disappointment over the occurrence and on his insistence that it was the appellate court itself that fixed April 25 for hearing on the matter, Justice Aboki, promised that the court would look into the matter on the next adjourned date.
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The detained IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, alongside his two co-defendants who are being prosecuted on a six count charge of treasonable felony, unlawful possession of firearms and other crimes bordering on supposed agitation for secession of the Republic of Biafra from Nigeria, had gone before the appellate court to challenge what they termed “strange procedure” adopted in their trial.
The defendants are contending before the court of appeal, that trial Justice Tsoho erred in law “when having refused the application for the witnesses of the prosecution to testified behind screens, or masked” on February 19, 2016, “suddenly varied the said order in the ruling delivered on March 7, 2016, on a mere oral application by the respondent.”
The trio had already urged the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to stop further hearing on the case against them, pending the determination of their consolidated appeal.
Meanwhile, in the light of the recent development, IPOB has accused the Federal Government, Department of State Services, DSS, and Attorney General of Nigeria, of purposely frustrating the trial of its leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
In a statement issued in Onitsha and signed by Mr Emma Powerful, the Media and Publicity Officer of IPOB, the group also stated that the FG, Attorney General and the DSS, the Judiciary and Federal Court of Appeal have all teamed up to play ‘hide and seek game’ with Mr Kanu’s trial, in order to frustrate the case and continue incarcerating the already long detained IPOB leader, without any justifiable reason.