Court moves Nnamdi Kanu’s case forward by one day

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday moved the ongoing trial of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra Mazi Nnamdi Kanu forward by one day.

Justice Binta Nyako granted a request by Kanu’s lawyers for a reduced of the time lapse before the next adjourned date.

The judge moved the trial to January 18, 19 and 20, 2022.

Kanu was not in court.

She had earlier explained to Kanu’s legal team led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor that she had gone constraints in acceeding to their demands.

She said the earliest date would be January 18, 2022.

Kanu’s lawyers also raised concerns about his state in the custody of the Department for State Services in Abuja.

They argued the solitary confinement to which he was being subjected was giving him psychological trauma.

The court also ordered DSS to resist Kanu’s fundamental human rights.

His lawyers had complained that he was being kept in a dingy 2*2 cell and was not allowed access to prayer materials or documents produced by his legal team.

One of his lawyers confirmed to BBC Pidgin that the Federal High Court would be on vacation from December 14, 2021 till January 17, 2022.

He said the judge confirmed to the legal team that the court would engage in a number of official functions and would therefore not be able to grant the abridgement of time.

He said the judge ordered DSS to allow his client to have a change of clothes as well as assessment by a medical team to ascertain his state of health.

Kanu’s supporters held a peaceful protest outside the court, demanding the release of their leader.