For some inexplicable reasons, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB], Mazi Nnamdi Kanu appeared in court on Thursday without hand-cuffs.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu appeared in court with three other co-defendants at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Other co-defendants are Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
The four are on trial for treasonable felony and terrorism.
Observers believe that the new development is not unconnected with the recent visit by Chief Orji Uzor Kalu to his Kuje prison abode.
Chief Kalu had tried to play the devil’s advocate when he held a private meeting with Mazi Kalu at the prison with undisclosed details.
It was understood that he was trying to broker a deal between the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government and the Biafran independence fighter.
Another worrisome development was when journalists were barred from attending Nnamdi Kanu’s trial in court.
Justice Binta Nyako had on Dec. 13, 2016, ruled that the identity of witnesses in the matter would be protected but at Tuesday’s sitting, the judge and parties were all shielded from public view.
There was also a heavy presence of security personnel within and around the court premises.
This made it difficult for people, including journalists and relatives of the defendants to enter the court.
The defence team, however, insisted that each of the defendants was entitled to have four relatives in court during proceedings.
This led to a short adjournment to enable security operatives allow the defendants’ relatives into the courtroom.
On resumption of proceedings, the defence counsel informed the court of its pending applications seeking to quash the charges against the four defendants.
Counsel to Kanu, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, also informed the court of another application challenging the competence of the charge against the defendants.
Ejiofor told the court that the proof of evidence did not support the charges against his client to warrant his continual detention.
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