Confusion, as Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyers stage walkout in Court

There was mild drama today at the renewed hearing of the trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu as Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday adjourned till January 19, 2022.

Nnamdi Kanu
Nnamdi Kanu

However, Kanu’s team of lawyers staged a walkout over the refusal of operatives of the Department of State Services to allow some of them to gain access into the courtroom.

Kanu was brought into the courtroom around 9.52am, and lamented the refusal of security agents to allow some members of his legal team, especially his lawyer from the United State of America, Bruce Fein, to enter the courtroom.

He told Justice Nyako that Fein, who was handling a case for him in the US, was around to witness his trial.

“I have an ongoing case in the US. I have not been allowed to see him. He is here to see me and to observe the proceedings.

“He has been to the DSS to see me, but they denied him access to me,” Kanu stated from the dock.

When asked by the trial judge if he was ready to conduct the proceedings in the absence of his lawyers, Kanu said no. The Director of Public Prosecution, M.D. Abubakar, however, argued that since Kanu’s lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who was initially inside the courtroom, walked out with his team shortly before the arrival of the judge, the trial should continue.

However, the judge adjourned the case till January 19th, 2022.

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