Abuja -The defense counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor has petitioned the European Union (EU) over the continuous detention of his client by the Federal Government over allegation of treasonable felony.
Ejiofor said the petition, which was channelled through the EU representative in Nigeria had became imperative given the series of court orders ordering Kanu to be released.
In the petition with charge no. FCT/ABJ/CR\383\15, dated August 18l, Ejiofor accused the Federal Government of thwarting the course of justice in the above criminal charge vide ostensible manipulations of judicial process at all levels, fragrant disobedience to positive orders of the court.
The petition reads: “We are solicitors to Nnamdi Kanu,the 1st defendant in the above caption, criminal charge, here in after refers to as ‘our client’ and on whose definite instruction we write to the European Union on the ugly direction the politically orchestrated trial of Kanu (a British citizen),premised on a most concocted charges of treasonable felony, is gradually assuming.
“We refer to our previous correspondence in relation to the above subject, reservation, worries and well informed fears expressed there in. In keeping with promises made in the aforesaid letter,we find it obligatory to keep the EU abreast of the happening, the petition read.
“The application was heard on February 19 along with our counter Affidavit filed in its opposition. In a well considered ruling delivered by the court on the same day, the court refused the prosecution’s prayers that sought for secret trial, among other reliefs, consequently ordered that the trial will be conducted in the open.
“In effect, the court granted an application for secret trial of our client, a British citizen, obviously sitting on appeal against his order made on February 19. In the face of this deliberate plot to perverse the course of justice, we promptly appealed to the court of Appeal Abuja Division, to set aside the later order for secret trial made by the court.
“The defence team was once again faced with the worst intrigue, carefully orchestrated by the state to hamstring our client’s constitutionally guaranteed rights to fair hearing/trial in the matter. “We shall object in a very strong term, any form of secret trial in the case.”
- News 24