The trial of the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, on Tuesday, resumed at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
At the resumed trial, Kanu’s lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, unveiled a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Chief Mike Ozekhome as the new leader of the defence counsel.
The IPOB leader arrived the court at about 9:30am amidst tight security as operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, frisked journalists and lawyers.
The secessionist leader was welcomed in court by four members of his family and later exchanged pleasantries with his defence team.
Operatives of the DSS and members of the Nigeria Police Force, reportedly engaged in a show of force by harassing and pursuing journalists who assembled at the court to witness proceedings.
This was condemned by Ozekhome, the Nigerian Bar Association, and apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo as well as Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, according to a national daily, The Punch.
The IPOB leader is facing amended 15 count charges bordering on terrorism and treason.
Justice, Binta Nyako adjourned the court sitting to Wednesday following the request of Ozekhome.
The senior advocate told the court that Kanu’s defense team was only served the amended charges barely 24 hours to the scheduled hearing and Kanu had not even seen the charges he is being asked to enter his plea.
This, according to him, was not justice but an ambush.
Before adjourning the case, Justice Binta ordered that Kanu be allowed a change of clothes and allowed to exercise.
“I don’t want to see him in this cloth again. This one is almost off-white. Also make sure that you allow him to exercise”, the judge said.