Published: Thu, October 19, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Kanu Absent From Court As Trial Commences

Kanu Absent From Court As Trial Commences

The Department of State Services (DSS) has barred journalists from covering the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Abaribe had agreed to stand as surety to Knau when he was granted bail May.

It said the corporation intends to maintain a stock of over two billion litres of petrol during the period.

The IPOB leader's trial took a new twist after soldiers of the Nigerian army invaded his residence in Afara Ukwu, Umuahia.

The group threatened that "should Nigeria not produce our leader in court on the 17th of October 2017, there will be inevitable confrontation on a scale the human mind can not imagine, at a time and place of our choosing".

Meanwhile, IPOB, in a statement on Monday, in Awka, Anambra State by the group's Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, asked the federal government to release its leader.

"The applicant lacks capacity to produce a person stated by the first respondent to be a member of a terrorist organization or any person who the first respondent is reported to be interested in his whereabouts in the aftermath of the military operation in Abia state".

He asked that the N100 million bond paid as a part of Kanu's bail condition be refunded.

In response, the court listed three conditions, which he must fulfill, if he wants his motion to be heard.

Justice Binta Nyako, however ordered Senator Abaribe and the two other sureties to explain the IPOB leader's whereabouts.

Binta Nyako, the judge handling the case, had granted Kanu bail in April.

It us unclear where Mr. Kanu is really located, as both the federal government and Mr. Kanu's lawyers have traded blames about his whereabouts.

Abaribe's lawyer, Ogechi Ogunna, who appeared for the senator, yesterday, initially informed the judge that the senator had filed a motion seeking to be discharged as a surety for the defendant.

Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi are standing trial along with Kanu on a five-count charge of conspiracy to commit treasonable felony and publication of defamatory materials.

The second option the judge gave was for Abaribe to be ready to forfeit his N100 million bail bond, while the third option ‎is for Abaribe to request to be given time to produce the defendant in court.

But Abaribe's counsel told the court that his client is not in a position to do any of the options, but the judge insisted tha‎t Abaribe must opt for one of the three option given to him.

He said the matter would not continue if the Federal Government failed to produce him in court.

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