The Federal High Court, Abuja, has fixed January 27 for continuation of the trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Newsmen had earlier reported that the matter was fixed for hearing on Nov 26, but when it was called, both Kanu and his counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor were absent in court.
A lawyer in a sister case, E. Ejiofor told the court that Kanu’s lawyer had asked him to draw the attention of the court to a letter he wrote explaining why he was absent in court.
In the letter, Kanu’s lawyer explained that he got the information for the new date of Nov 26 on Nov 25.
He said he had travelled out of Abuja, and would not be able to travel back immediately to attend court because of the short notice.
The prosecuting counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, however, raised an objection to the letter saying it was dated Nov 24, meanwhile the lawyer said he got information about the new date on Nov 25, adding that there has been a consistent and deliberate attempt to frustrate the continuation of the case by the defense counsel.
He said that in the absence of the defense lawyer, the prosecution would be compelled to ask for an adjournment but with cost to the defendant.
The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the matter until Jan 27, saying it would go on even if the defense counsel was absent on that date.