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Tight security in Federal High Court ahead of Nnamdi Kanu’s trial

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu with his lawyer
Representatives of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to the trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, including former Governor of Anambra State, Okwadike Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife (left) and Chief (Barrister Goddy Uwazuruike (Right) shut out of the courtroom and sitting outside. Barrister Uwazuruike complained to the media that justice may not be done and seen to have been done under such an atmosphere
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and some lawyers
By Wandoo Sombo
Abuja, Oct. 21, 2021
There was tight security at the Federal High Court Abuja as the court set to continue the trial of the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB),Nnamdi Kanu.
A large number of security personnel were deployed to the court premises and it’s surrounding to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
Entrances leading to the court premises were barricaded by a combination of gun-wielding Department of State Services (DSS) operatives, the Army, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence and men of the Nigerian Police.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at about 8:02am, a heavily fortified security convoy arrived the court premises, which appeared to be carrying Kanu.
As at the time of filing this report, journalists,  lawyers and litigants were standing outside the court premises as they were denied entrance.
NAN reports that Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony.

He had been granted bail in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.

He later left Nigeria after soldiers raided his father’s residence in Abia state in November 2017.

NAN reports that on June 28, Justice Binta Nyako gave the order that he be remanded in DSS custody.

NAN reports that counsel to the prosecution, S. M. Labaran also applied that the trial of Kanu that was earlier slated for Oct. 20 be brought forward.

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