Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja, today February 16, 2022 stopped Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from wearing an Igbo clothe, supporting the Department of State Security (DSS) who barred him from wearing it, “Isi Agu” in custody.
His lawyer, Mike Ozekhome had complained that despite the court’s order, the DSS had refused Kanu to change clothes. However, Justice Nyako asked Kanu; “Mr Kanu, what type of cloth do you want to wear? “I want to wear the clothes of my people, “Isi Agu”, Kanu replied.
Responding swiftly, the judge said ‘that kind of cloth cannot be worn in my court”.
Meanwhile, the Director of Legal, DSS told the court that family members of Kanu brought a cloth with a lion’s heart, which “offends our standard operating procedures”.
The DSS was responding to the court’s question on why Kanu still wore his white Fendi designer cloth to cloth.
Meanwhile, the court has fixed April 8, for ruling on a preliminary objection filed by the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, challenging the validity of the 15-count amended charge preferred against him by the Federal Government.
Justice Nyako fixed the date after Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, counsel for Kanu as well as Shuaibu Labaran, the prosecution counsel, had adopted arguments for and against the Defendant’s preliminary objection.
In a short adumbration, Ozekhome pleaded with the court to acquit and dismiss all the charges filed against Kanu by the Federal Government.
At a resumed trial on Wednesday, Ozekhome argued that the 15-count amended charge was “defective and baseless”.
Specifically, Ozekhome informed the court that his application seeks the “quashing, striking out and dismissing of the 15-count amended charge” against Kanu for being “incompetent and denying the court of jurisdiction” to entertain charge.
The application, with 34 grounds, and supported by 36-paragraph affidavit, Ozekhome said, also seeks for an order acquitting and discharging Kanu for want of jurisdiction and defective, baseless and incompetent charges. Ozekhome adopted his application and asked court to quash, strike out and dismiss the entire charges.
He asked the court to look at the entire grounds and affidavit, from paragraph 5 to 36, of notice of preliminary objection, etc. “The defendant was unlawfully and renditionally brought to Nigeria against his will and in flagrant violation of international protocol on extradition.
However, the prosecution counsel has asked the court to discountenance Kanu’s objection, and proceed to order him to enter defence. “We wish to state emphatically and particularly in paragraphs 7, 8, 9, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30 of the affidavit in support of the motion as going into the substance of the case yet to be heard”, Labaran argued.
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