The court trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been adjourned till 19th January 20201. The decree was given by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja. Mazi Nnamdi court who was seen in a short clip that went viral earlier today in court, was surrounded by some of his lawyers, on all white fendi dress, looking less of himself.
He was brought into the courtroom around few minutes to 10am, amid tight security at the court house. He complained that security agents denied access to some of the members of his legal team, which now includes his lawyer, Bruce Fein, from the USA, to the courtroom.
Reacting to the incident, Mazi Kanu’s legal team staged a walk-out over the denial of access to some of his legal counsel by the operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS. Speaking on the issue, Nnamdi Kanu speaking from the dock to Justice Nyako regarding Bruce Fein’s presence saying;
“I have an ongoing case in the US. I have not been allowed to see him. He is here to see me and to observe the proceedings. “He has been to the DSS to see me, but they denied him access to me.”
The Judge now responded by asking Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, if he was ready to conduct the proceedings himself, in the absence of his lawyers, Kanu said no. But despite the absence of his attorneys, counsel to the FG, Mr. M. D. Abubakar, who is the Director of Public Prosecution, urged the court to proceed with the trial in the absence of Kanu’s lawyers.
He argued that since Kanu’s lead counsel, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, who was initially inside the courtroom, walked out with his team shortly before the arrival of the judge, his pending application should be deemed abandoned.
Justice Nyako expressed displeasure over the conduct of Kanu’s lawyers but she declined to dismiss the pending application, instead, she adjourned the case till January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial.