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Kanu petitions NJC as trial resumes Monday

26 September 2016, 12:32

Abuja - The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu is set to resume on Monday, September 26, at the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The IPOB leader is facing six count charges alongside two others – Benjamin Madubgwu and David Nwawuisi -before Justice John Tsoho.

Kanu has, however, petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) against Justice Tsoho, reports Daily Trust.

In the petition written by Ifeanyi Ejiofor on behalf of the IPOB leader, Kanu said 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.

Also read: Kanu wants his trial discontinued in court

Ejiofor 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.

He said the judge gave two conflicting rulings on the issue of secret trial for the defendants wherein he approved the shielding of witnesses on March 7 after he had earlier refused it on February 9 and February 19.

Recalled that Justice Tsoho had ruled that he would not yield to any blackmail in the handling of the case.

Justice Tsoho according to News 24 had struck out an application by Kanu and the other accused, asking for a stay of proceedings in their ongoing trial.


- News 24


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