The Judge has adjourned till October 21, the case of IPOB leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu on the reasons that the defendant was not brought to court.
At the resumed trial at the Federal High Court in Abuja today, the Department of States Services, DSS, failed to produce Nnamdi Kanu in court.
Kanu’s trial was also stalled because the presiding Judge will start his or her vacation today, revealed the trial judge, Binta Nyako.
Mrs Nyako adjourned the case till October 21.
Earlier, the prosecuting lawyer, M. B Abubakar, informed the judge that Mr Kanu’s absence from court might be due to “logistical” issues encountered by the SSS, the agency holding him in custody.
However, Mr Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, countered the prosecution’s position, saying the IPOB leader had been taken away out of Abuja.
The separatist, who was granted bail in April 2017, fled the country after the invasion of his home in Afara-Ukwu, near Umuahia, Abia State, by the military in September.
Kanu was rearrested and brought back to Nigeria in June, about four years after his trial on charges of treasonable felony was stalled due to his disappearance from the country.
The judge had on June 29 ordered Mr Kanu to remain in SSS custody.
It remains unclear why the SSS failed to produce him in court on Monday, as the operatives of the spy agency had taken over the premises and the adjoining roads much earlier before the proceedings started at about 11.10a.m.