However, the FG’s Prosecuting counsel, Shuaibu N. Labaran, objected Ejiofor’s motion, saying that even though he was served less than 24 hours to the hearing, he was still prepared to reply to the motions as such, the case should continue.
The trial judge, however, adjourned the hearing till Thursday to enable the both parties exchange briefs and then come up for the continued hearing.
Barrister Ejiofor also made it known to the court about the intimidation and high handedness on the part of the Department of State Security, DSS, and other security operatives including bringing his client to court in handcuffs.
According to him, on several occasions, members of IPOB and relatives of his client have been harassed and arrested by the security officials for visiting the accused persons in prison custody.
Ejiofor urged the court to make pronouncements protecting the lives of his client’s relatives and supporters but the Prosecutor told the court that he is not aware of any such occurrences.
In her reaction to this, Justice Nyako asked Ejiofor to formally inform the court so orders can be made in response to this, but in the interim, she warned the security operatives to treat the defendants as they would treat any other persons standing a criminal trial because according to her, there is nothing so sure or special about their case.