The continued trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu today took another dimension as the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako of the Court 4 Division of the Federal High Court, Abuja, stormed out of the court in anger over Kanu’s outburst and vehement refusal to be tried in secret.
Kanu had earlier objected to be subjected in any form of secret trial or secret presentation of witnesses insisting that since he was accused in the public, his trial should assume a public proceeding after the court had ruled that the witnesses would be shielded from the defendants and members of the public.
Meanwhile before today’s proceedings, the court premises was surrounded by men of the Nigerian security forces armed to the teeth with various sophisticated weapons.
Journalists and other members of the public who had come to witness the trial of the IPOB leader and three other co-accused facing charges of treasonable felony and terrorism, were confronted by these security operatives who barred them from gaining access to the court to forestall the covering of Kanu’s trial.
During the proceedings, the defense counsel to the IPOB leader, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, informed the court that they filed an application seeking the court to squash the charges against his client for lack of merit and that his motion should be heard.