On Thursday, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the Department of State Services to enable incarcerated Indigenous People of Biafra leader Nnamdi Kanu to practice his religion and be comforted.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s lead lawyer, had requested the injunction, and the judge granted it.
The DSS must “enable Kanu to practice his faith, change his clothes, and be provided comfort,” according to Justice Nyako.
Kanu, on the other hand, was not in court since he had not been brought by the Department of State Services.
The judge had previously cautioned Ejiofor to avoid writing her direct letters about his client’s trial.
The judge claimed that the lawyer had sent two letters to her without going via the Registrar of the High Court, which was against the rules.
Justice Nyako stated that “a repeat of such a breach of procedure” in approaching the court on such an issue would not be tolerated.
However, the lawyer ignored the advice and attempted to file two notice motions on behalf of his client.
Kanu’s counsel has filed a motion on notice with the court, requesting an abridgment of time to move the Igbo nationalist’s trial from January 19, 2022, to a later date in November or December 2021.
Shuaib Labaran, a lawyer for the Federal Government, informed the Judge that he had filed a counter affidavit opposing the motion to shorten the trial, which had been scheduled for January of next year.
The court’s case diary was then read, revealing that the court had pending cases until January.
However, in response to Kanu’s repeated petition, Justice Nyako consented to move other cases set for January 18 to January 20 to facilitate Kanu’s trial.
Ejiofor also questioned the competency of the seven counts of treasonable felony leveled against Kalu.
However, a lawyer for the federal government contended that the motion was not ready for hearing.
The motion to bring the case forward was denied by Justice Nyako.