Chief Nnamdi Kanu, who is the leader of the great Indigenous Peoples of Biafra have formally filed for a swift trial of the treasonable felony charges brought against him by the Nigerian Government.
Kanu has also sought for a ruling to that effect from the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, in Abuja, Justice John Tsoho, for the permission that his trial be held during the court’ s annual vacation” .
DAILY POST also gathered that Nnamdi Kanu’ s action may not be unconnected with his wish to be moved out of the detention facility of the Department of the State Service DSS after an order by trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako” .
Court Scheduled Date For Trial
Even though the trial has been scheduled for October 21 by the trial Judge due to yearly vacation of the court, Nnamdi Kanu opted for an early date that will enable his lawyer to argue his already documented motion on notice seeking his transfer from the DSS custody to prison for continuation of his remand” .
Nnamdi Kanu’ s lead counsel, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, has confirmed documenting the application for ruling to the office of the Chief Judge adding that it is in the interest of justice for the application to be granted” .
It has also been widely anticipated that the Federal Government might apply for a ruling from the Chief Judge to fast track Nnamdi Kanu’ s trial during the court vacation in view of the sensitivity and nature of the criminal charges against him” .
DAILY POST also revealed that the government was not contemplating any decision to rush the trial” .
Relatively, the Government has opted that the trial must be in line with the October 21 date fixed for resumption of the case by Justice Nyako at the last adjourned date” .
The Decision Of The Ministry Of Justice During Court Vacation
DAILY POST also stated that the Justice ministry has opted to be comprehensive and follow sequence order in the trial rather than didrupting the vacation calendar of the court” .
The Ministry sources has also hinted that the Adjournment of the trial to October 21 will rather be used to gather more evidence especially from outside the country on the alleged unlawful activities of Nnamdi Kanu when he flinched the bail granted him and escaped out of the country” .
It was also stated by DAILY POST that two major countries would be visited within the next few days by some Officials of the Federal Ministry of Justice to obtain information and gather more exhibits that will assist the government in establishing its case appropriately in court against the defendant” .
” As far as the government is concerned, there is nothing to warrant seeking hury or speedy trial. All we are concerned with is diligent prosecution of the charges.
” The media should not forget that the defendant ran out of the country for over two years during which some other things, either lawfully or unlawfully were done. Security operatives are already looking at those things and their report will inform our line of action when trial resumes, ” a source said” .
The source also declined information on whether the charges against Kanu may likely be amended, adding that fresh evidence being gathered and findings of the security operatives on Kanu’ s activities while outside the shore of Nigeria in the past two years will give a line of direction” .
The Federal Government counsel who is Mr Mrohammed Abubakar, of the Federal Ministry of Justice could not be reached for comments on the issue” .
Nnamdi Kanu’ s resumption of trial had on Monday July 26 been slowed on two grounds of failure to produce him in court for physical appearance as required by Law and the yearly vacation of the court which commenced on that day” .
His lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had made great efforts to move the court to hear some motions but the trial Judge, Justice Binta Nyako drew the lawyer’ s attention to legality of doing so in the physical absence of Nnamdi Kanu as the defendant and the court vacation” .
The judge had also stated that ” only the Federal Government, being the complainant in the matter, can move the court to sit during vacation by applying for a ruling from the Chief Judge to that effect adding also that the law forbids her court from applying for fiat on behalf of any party in the matter” .
Justice Nyako has subsequently fixed October 21 as return date with an order that Nnamdi Kanu should remain in the custody of the Department of the State Service, DSS” .
The Judge has however authorized the DSS to allow the counsel and family members to access Nnamdi Kanu twice a week and during working days only” .
While we wait for the day the court will sit again, we must all remain law abiding.