The Department of State Services (DSS) on Monday, failed to produce the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu before the Federal High Court in Abuja for continuation of his trial, even as the whereabouts of the IPOB leader cannot be ascertained at the moment.
When the case was called up around 11:09am, Government lawyer, M. B. Abubakar, blamed Kanu’s absence in court on what he termed as “logistical problems”.
While acknowledging that the matter was slated for hearing, Abubakar told the court that he was ready to proceed in Kanu’s absence, adding that he has three witnesses ready to testify.
The Prosecution however sought the court’s direction on whether the matter could go on, considering that the High Court has commenced its annual vacation.
He argued that it would be impossible to proceed with the case in the absence of a Fiat from the Chief Judge of the High Court.
On his part, Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor told the court that the life of his client was in danger.
Ejiofor told the court that he had been unable to have access to his client for the past 10 days.
“My lord, speaking from the Bar, I got it on good authority that my client has been taken away, outside the jurisdiction of this court,” he said.
Ejiofor equally argued that it would be in the interest of justice for CJ of the court to issue Fiat for the trial to go on during the courts vacation.
Meanwhile, trial Justice Binta Nyako noted that the case could not go on in the absence of the Defendant.
“I am also worried why the Defendant is not here. The first step in a criminals matter is to provide the Defendant in court. He is not here.
Though Justice Nyako acknowledged that she could not proceed with the case without Fiat allowing her to sit as a vacation judge, she made an order, directing the DSS to grant Kanu access to his lawyers, Vanguard reported.
The judge also ordered that Kanu must be produced before the court on October 21 which is the next adjourned date for the matter