Barr. Aloy Ejimakor, counsel to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, has revealed the reason why the Department of State Services (DSS) failed to produce the Biafra agitator in court. Barr. Aloy Ejimakor said the Federal Government’s lack of sufficient and credible evidence against Nnamdi Kanu was responsible for the failure to produce Nnamdi Kanu in court.
He spoke with journalists in response to an inquiry on the motive behind DSS’ failure to bring Nnamdi Kanu to court. The Nigerian government had said DSS failed to produce the IPOB leader due to logistics. Against this backdrop, the trial judge of the Federal High Court Abuja, Justice Binta Nyako had adjourned the case till 21st October 2021 for further hearing.
However, Barr. Aloy Ejimakor disclosed that the Nigerian government did not amend the charges against the IPOB leader.
According to his words; “They gave no valid reason for Nnamdi Kanu absence in court, except to say it lies in their discretion. But the judge disagreed and told them that trial can never commence without defendant being present.
“The Judge also ordered them to grant Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers access to him twice a week. The matter was adjourned till October 21st, 2021. And considering the impact of the court vacation, the judge indicated that incase should any issue concerning the case arise during the vacation, we should call the attention of her staff to it so that she can get the permission of the Chief Judge to grant us a hearing unless we don’t mind the vacation judge to hear us.
“Contrary to expectations, the charges were not amended.”
Asked if Nnamdi Kanu’s absence was a ploy to keep him incarcerated indefinitely, Barr. Aloy Ejimakor said; “If it is, it won’t work. I think that the federal government is lacking sufficient and credible evidence against Nnamdi Kanu, that is why they are depriving him from receiving a fair trial, in other words, they want to hold unto him depriving him of his freedom” Nnamdi Kanu lawyer, Barr. Aloy Ejimakor stated.
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