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Court Orders DSS to Allow Nnamdi Kanu Access to Visitors; See Details



On Thursday, the Federal High Court in Abuja postponed hearing on the application filed by the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, to quash the treasonable felony charge preferred by the Federal Government against him until January 18, 2022.

The adjournment came after Justice Binta Nyako ordered the Department of State Services, DSS, to allow the defendant to practice his faith and change his clothes during the day trial.

The court equally directed the security agency to give the detained IPOB leader “maximum possible comfort in the detention facility”.

Kanu, who was remanded in DSS custody, had worn only one outfit since June, when he was arrested in Kenya and returned to the country for the continuation of his trial.

See also Nnamdi Kanu Says his health is Deteriorating in DSS custody.

On both occasions when he was brought before the court by heavily armed security agents, he wore Fendi trousers and jacket, which he was reportedly putting on the day he was arrested.

Meanwhile, Kanu was not present in court when his case was resumed on Thursday.

Despite the fact that trial Justice Nyako had adjourned the trial until January 19, 2022 on November 10, she brought the date forward in response to Kanu’s legal team’s request for a date abridgement.

When the case was called up, Mr. Shuaib Labaran, the government’s lawyer, told the court that he filed a counter-affidavit to oppose Kanu’s requests for abridgement of time and a reversal of the charge.

It will be remembered that the IPOB leader had previously requested to be transferred from DSS custody to the Kuje Correctional Centre.

Despite the fact that the request was denied, Justice Nyako ordered the DSS to allow him three visitors of his choice every Monday and Thursday of the week.

Mr. Maxwell Opara, a member of Kanu’s legal team, told News men shortly before the court began sitting on Thursday that the application to remove him from DSS custody would be reconsidered.

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