Court adjourns indefinitely as Nnamdi Kanu refuses to appear

Nnamdi Kanu IPOB

A Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday adjourned indefinitely a suit filed by the Federal Government against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.

The decision to adjourn indefinitely followed Kanu’s team’s argument that the Supreme Court is yet to decide the Federal Government’s appeal on the matter.

Prior to that, lawyer to the Federal Government, M. B. Abubakar, said “…When I called the (DSS) office, they said the defendant (Kanu) declined to come to court and all entreaties to make him come was unsucceful.”

Kanu’s lead counsel Mike Ozekhome, who expressed suprise at the development, said Kanu had always told him about his eagerness to appear in court following the appeal by the prosecution against the judgment of the Court of Appeal which dismissed the remaining seven counts preferred against him.

The senior lawyer therefore informed Justice Nyako about the Appeal Court judgment on October 13 which quashed the remaining seven counts against his client.

He said the prosecution had filed an appeal before the Supreme Court in appeal number: SC/CR/1394/2022, after the Court of Appeal also granted its application staying the execution of the judgment on Oct. 28.

He said his team had also appealed against the ruling of the Court of Appeal on the stay of execution before the Supreme Court and cross-appealed against the judgment of the appellant court.

He prayed the judge to adjourn the matter indefinitely pending the hearing and the determination of the appeal.

Justice Binta Nyako consequently adjourned the matter and others concerning Kanu indefinitely.