Until Nnamdi Kanu is found, the trial cannot continue

As the trial of the dogged leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu supposed to commence today, before the Federal High Court in Abuja, as the sitting will be the first after his bail was granted by Justice Binta Nyako in April, but he is still missing, and until he is found, the trial cannot continue.

As things stand now, Nnamdi Kanu is still  missing since the Nigerian Military raided his house during operation Python Dance II,  his defence lawyer, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor also declared him missing, and also affirmed that until he is found, the trial cannot continue.

In an interview with Punch’s correspondent on Sunday, Ejiofor insisted that Kanu was still in the custody of the Federal Government and if not produced in court on Tuesday, the trial would not continue.

“On Tuesday, if the Federal Government fails to produce him in court, then the trial will not go on. It is simple. We have asked them to produce him in court because he is in their custody,” the lawyer said.

Ejiofor had, on September 27, led other lawyers to file an originating motion, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/908/2017, before the Federal High Court in Abuja, praying for an order directing the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to produce Kanu in court.

Punchng.com reports that the lawyers claimed that soldiers on September 14 invaded the IPOB leader’s house “on a murderous raid, where live and mortar bullets were fired on unarmed and defenceless populace, leaving 28 persons dead and abducting many.

“It is either the respondent’s rampaging soldiers abducted the applicant during this raid or they must have killed him in the process,” part of the grounds of the motion read.