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Biafra: Abuja Court Orders DSS To Produce Nnamdi Kanu In Court, Nov 23

Posted: Nov 19, 2015 at 9:28 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tony Ezimakor Abuja

An Abuja Magistrate Court on Wednesday ordered the Department of the State Security Service (DSS) to produce Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, ( IPOB) unfailingly before the court on Monday, November 23 to answer to  charges preferred against him by the federal government.

The order was made by Chief Magistrate Shauibu Usman after observing the absence of the accused in court.
The DSS had snubbed earlier order made on October 23  to produce the accused Kanu in court for the trial ggar due to commence yesterday.

But  Magistrate  insisted that no trial can continue in a criminal case in the absence of the accused adding that the only condition that can make a court to excuse the absence of an accused has not yet arose and ordered that he be produced at next adjourned date.

Prosecution counsel Moses Idakwo had while explaining  absence of  the accused person said that Kanu was not brought  to court because ordinary application challenging the jurisdiction of the Magistrate Court to continue the trial.

Idakwo told the court that as soon as the motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court has been resolved, the DSS will produce the accused person.

However, the submission of Idakwo did not go down well with Magistrate Usman who reminded the prosecutor that on October 23, he made an order that the accused must at all time be brought to court ?throughout the trial.

Aside that the absence of the accused in court the question of represents the accused person was a thorny issue resulting in bickering by two different legal practitioners,  Gabriel Egbule and Vincent Ezechukwu Obete.

Egbule claimed he was already on the case, and produced a letter signed by Kanu’s next of kin  themselves in war of words in the open court on the issue of which side is the authentic lawyer to the accused person.
Vincent Obete, on his part, produced a letter from the Indigenous People of Biafra, signed by the deputy director, Alphonsus Mefor, appointing him as lawyer as well as another letter, dated October 16 from the father of the accused person, Eze Kanu of Afara-Ukwu kingdom, also appointing him as a counsel to defend his son.

Magistrate Usman who intervened in the issue said that on October 19 when Kanu was brought before him, the accused told the court that he had no lawyer prompting Gabriel Egbule to fill the gap

He however told the two lawyers that the accused person would on Monday November 23, determine his own lawyer.

Kanu is standing trial on Criminal conspiracy, managing and belonging to an unlawful society and criminal intimidation contrary to Section 97, 97B and 397 of the penal code.

According to DSS report, the accused formed an unlawful society with the purpose of bringing into being a Republic of Biafra.
He was alleged to have also proclaimed himself as the leader of t.he Republic of Biafra and established a radio of Biafra.

The DSS document also alleged that Kanu  appointed himself Commander of the Loyal Forces of Biafra and was broadcasting to the whole world the dire consequences of the government and people of Nigeria will surfer should they attempt hinder the actualization of the Republic of Biafra.