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Present Nnamdi Kanu in Court Today Unfailingly – Lawyer

Lead counsel to the leader of the Independent People of Biafra (IPOB), Ifeanyi Ejiofor has called on the federal government to make his client available in court today to face his trial.

He stated this in Abuja on Wednesday during a press conference insisting that since the Director of Public Prosecution of the federation has filed a seven-count amended charge with an affidavit of completion of the investigation, there was no excuse to act contrary.

“You may recall that upon the abduction of our client, Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya on June 19, 2021, and his extraordinary rendition to Nigeria afterwards, he was secretly brought to court on June 29, 2021 without our knowledge.

“Due to the failure of the Federal Government to notify his lawyers of the proceedings of June 29, 2021, we were unavoidably absent.

“When the matter came up on the adjourned date of July 26, 2021 for commencement of hearing in the case, our client, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, was not produced in court.

“As the world is now aware, today, being October 21, 2021, is the date on record, collectively agreed in open court by all parties for the commencement of hearing in our client’s case.

“We, therefore, demand as follows:
• That today, October 21, 2021 should be sacrosanct. Our client, Onyendu Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, must and shall be produced in court to face his trial. Thankfully, the Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation has though belatedly filed a seven-count amended charge, along with an affidavit of completion of investigation, there is no excuse or place to hide whatsoever again to justify doing the contrary.

• That the security agents, ostensibly to be deployed to man the court and its environs, or detailed to provide security on October 21, 2021, should be manifestly civil in their conduct towards the civilian populace who are expected to throng the court in their numbers in solidarity.”

Ejiofor advised security agents deployed to the court to be civil in their conduct to the civilians and lawyers who throng to the court in solidarity while urging his client’s supporters to remain civil in their conduct.

Recall that the Federal Government had filed an amended seven-count against the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The amended charge which was filed by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice on Monday, borders on treasonable felony and the alleged involvement of Kanu in acts of terrorism.

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