Abuja - Justice John Tsoho of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday stepped down from the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), reports Premium Times.
Tsoho stepped down following a petition written against him by Kanu through one of his counsels, Ifeanyi Ejiofor
Ejiofor according to News 24 had petitioned the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC) noting that Justice Tsoho in one of his rulings breached judicial oath by taking an oral application from the federal government in a matter he had already ruled on.
He had asked the NJC to strip the judge from further hearing the case and institute a probe against him for acting on "higher orders" on the secret trial rulings.
At Monday's trial, Justice Tsoho ruled that since the defense counsel noted lack of confidence in the way the court is handling the case, it is only reasonable the court refuses itself from further hearing the matter.
Tsoho is the second judge that will be stepping down from Kanu's trial.
The first judge in the case, Ahmed Mohammed, stepped down in December 2015, after Kanu said he had no confidence in him.
- News 24