A federal high court in Abuja has shifted the case of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to June 28, 2022. The presiding judge, Binta Nyako, had earlier fixed May 26, 2022 for the continuation of Nnamdi Kanu trial. However, in a statement on Wednesday, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, one of Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers, said he received a notice from the court that the judge is indisposed.
According to the words of Ifeanyi Ejiofor; “Please be informed that we have just received communication from the federal high court’s registrar, notifying us that the court will no longer be sitting on May 26, 2022, on Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case,” he stated.
According to the registrar, this is because his lordship, Justice Binta Nyako is indisposed, and as such, the matter is now adjourned to the 28th day of June 2022 for ruling/hearing.”
Ifeanyi Ejiofor urged Nnamdi Kanu’s supporters to remain calm until the end of the trial.
According to his words; “We most respectfully, urge you all to maintain restraint, as you have always done. Keep your eyes on the ball, which is the freedom of Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. Also, please note that justice delayed is not justice denied. We are aggressively cruising to victory, it is only a matter of time,” he stated.
Nnamdi Kanu was re-arraigned on an amended 15-count charge bordering on treasonable felony. However, on April 8, 2022 the judge struck out eight of the 15-count charge. Which include counts 6,7,9,10,11,12,13 and 14 were struck out, the defendant is to stand trial on counts 1,2,3,4,5,8 and 15. Also, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) Nnamdi Kanu’s lead counsel, had moved an application for bail. He begged the court to consider the deteriorating health condition of the defendant.
But ruling on the bail application on May 18, 2022, the judge held that the application is premature and refused with liberty to reapply”. Binta Nyako recalled that she granted the defendant bail in April 2017 after which he jumped bail. She said until the defendant addresses the court on why he jumped bail for over four years, she will not grant any bail application.
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