Aloy Ejimakor, lawyer to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has told the Press that lack of a good case was the reason Department of State Services, DSS, failed to produce his client in court on Monday.
However, the Nigerian government said DSS failed to produce the IPOB leader due to logistics.
CHECKPOINTCHARLEY had reported that Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja adjourned the matter to 21 October, 2021 due to the absence of Mr. Kanu.
But Ejimakor said the Federal Government’s lack of sufficient and credible evidence was responsible for the failure to produce him in court, noting that the charges against the IPOB leader was not amended.
He said: “They gave no valid reason for Kanu not being 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 Kanu’s lawyers access to him twice a week. The matter was adjourned to October 21. And considering the impact of the court vacation, the judge indicated that 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 Kanu’s absence was a ploy to keep him incarcerated indefinitely, Ejimakor said: “If it is, it won’t work. I think that the government is lacking sufficient and credible evidence.”