Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial Begins In Absentia With 5 Witnesses

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A Federal High Court in Abuja has slated Thursday, November 26 for the commencement of the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, with five prosecution witnesses lined up to testify against him.

Copies of the hearing notice were served on the prosecution team in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor.

Justice Binta Nyako had since March 28, 2019, revoked the bail granted the IPOB leader, ordered his arrest, and directed that his trial on charges of a treasonable felony would proceed in his absence; but the court had not had any sitting on the case since then.

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The judge, acting on an application by the lead prosecuting counsel, Magaji Labaran, anchored her orders for Kanu’s arrest and trial in absentia on the defendant’s failure to appear in court since April 25, 2017, without any reasonable explanation.

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Kanu’s sureties had been ordered by the court to either produce the IPOB leader in court or show cause why they should not forfeit their N100m bail bonds.

A serving senator, Enyinnaya Abaribe, is among Kanu’s sureties.

The matter is, however, pending before the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

Meanwhile, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra on Tuesday said the Igbo would resist any attempt to arrest Abaribe over the case.

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