It became a rowdy session as Biafra’s top advocate, Nnamdi Kanu protested against a court ruling on Tuesday, December 14, by Justice Binta Nyako, who permitted the Federal Government to shield identities of witnesses billed to testify against him at the secret trial.
Kanu who was arraigned in court at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, fumed in anger over the Judge’s decision not to allow both the defendants and their counsel to see the witnesses who would testify against them as they would enter and exit the courtroom through a secret door. The director of Radio Biafra decried that it was against the tenets of Justice and fair hearing.
Kanu bellowed from the dock:
“I won’t stand this travesty of Justice. Buhari spoke in public, he accused me in public. I must also be allowed to stand my trial in public.
“This is nonsense! I will give testimony before this court! By the time I finish, there will be no Nigeria. This is no Sharia court. It is a court that operates under the common law.
“There will be no screening of witnesses, no fake identities or fake addresses. I cannot be tried in secret. No! Nnamdi Kanu cannot be jailed in secret! They are mad. Why must I be tried in secrecy by a government that does not obey court orders.
“They are killing my people in public, after killing my people they want to try me in private? That person is mad. I won’t allow it.”
The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, alongside three other pro-Biafra agitators, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, has been accused by President Muhammadu Buhari of felony and their alleged involvement in acts of terrorism.
The court later adjourned till January 10, 11 and 12, 2017 for the commencement of trial, but the drama wasn’t over yet as pro-Biafra agitators who stormed the court in their hundreds engaged prison warders and other security operatives in a scuffle over the development.