DSS explains hassle over Nnamdi Kanu’s absence in court

DSS explains hassle over Nnamdi Kanu’s absence in court

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The Department of State Security Service, DSS has blamed logistics challenges for the absence of leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu at the Federal High court on Monday in Abuja.

FILE: NNAMDI KANU, JUSTICE BINTA NYANKO

Recall that Kanu was intercepted on June 27 and repatriated to Nigeria in an operation conducted by Nigerian security operatives in collaboration with international partners, to face the charges for which he was arrested, about four years since he jumped bail.

The prosecution, Mohammed Abubakar, disclosed this in response to the quarry by the trial Judge, Justice Binta Nyako said the case was stalled not just because of Kanu’s absence in court, but for the Judges vacation which commenced on Monday July 26, 2021.

The Judge who faulted the action of the security outfit, thereafter adjourned the trial to October 21, 2021.

Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had decried that the DSS has denied them access to the defendant for the past eight days.

He urged Justice Nyako to grant the request of his client seeking to be transferred from the DSS custody to the Kuje Correctional Centre in Abuja.

According to multiple reports, Ejiofor also asked the judge to grant Kanu access to his medical doctor for the purpose of carrying out a comprehensive independent medical examination on him.

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According to him, the defendant cannot get a fair trial if he remains in the custody of the DSS.

After listening to both counsels, Justice Nyako said she would give an order for access to the defendant.

She, however, stated that such access would not be free for all, noting that it must be regimented.

But the judge also turndown the proposal of the defence counsel that Kanu should be transferred to a correctional centre, ordering that he should remain in the custody of the DSS.

TheNewspad recalls that Kanu was first arrested in 2015 on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, and managing an unlawful society.

In addition, the government also accused him of illegal possession of firearms, and improper importation of goods, among others.

The IPOB leader was initially detained and arraigned in court, but he fled the Country in 2017 after he was granted bail for medical reasons.

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