The Nigerian Government was today discomfited as no witness appeared in court to testify against Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra who appeared unruffled and resolute. Kanu clad an all white traditional attire had the Biafran colours embroidered round the neck as a strong loyalty to his cause for a free, independent Biafran State.
While the trial lasted the embattled leader sat quietly during the argument that ensued on an application for protection for witnesses by the Department of State Security.
Also in court today were the duo of Madubugwu and David Nwawusi who were charged along with him with illegal possession of firearms and the management of a proscribed society.
Earlier today apparently discomfited the DSS told the trial judge that witnesses for the trial might not testify without protection.
The continuation of the trial of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu took a different turn on Monday, when the lawyers on the case told Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court that their lives were being threatened.
While Kanu’s lawyer maintained that the Department of State Services threatened to kill him, the prosecuting team accused Kanu’s lawyers and family members of constituting threats to the witnesses in the case.
At the resumption of the trial on Monday, March 7, the prosecution lawyer, Mohammed Diri told the court that Kanu’s lawyer had a spat with DSS operatives in a bid to gain access to the courtroom.
He requested for an adjournment from the court until the witnesses are given the needed protection which would enable them testify confidently in court.
However, Kanu’s lead lawyer, Chux Muoma requested the court to give Ifeayi Ejiofor the chance to explain what really happened between him and the DSS.
The request was granted.
Ejiofor then proceeded to inform the court that DSS operatives were trying to kill him while explaining that he had intervened in a disagreement between members of Kanu’s family and some agents of the security agency when he found out that the agent was preventing Kanu’s family from entering the court.
According to Ejiofor, the DSS agent insisted that only 3 additional members of Kanu’s family would be allowed to enter court to join the ones already in the premises and when he tried to explain to the agent that there was a court order allowing the public to witness the proceedings, the agent threatened to kill him.
“My lord I will like you to take note of this threat to my life, because I don’t know what will happen tomorrow.”
Justice Tsoho weighed in on the situation and stated that if the parties involved in the matter felt threatened, the case might just as well be sent to the celestial order to sort out.
He then asked the involved parties to decide if they wanted the trial to move forward or not.
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