In an unprecedented fashion, the Federal High Court had an unbeatable security presence yesterday. Even journalists had to present a tag to be permitted into the court house to witness Kanu’s secret trial.
On his last appearance in court, IPOB leader, Nnamdi released an outrage that caught the attention of Nigerians and indeed the international community.
Nnamdi Kanu bitterly rejected the idea of implementing a secret trial in his case.
However, the Federal High court, Abuja commenced Kanu’s secret trial yesterday, January 10, 2016 with anonymous witnesses who will be secluded with a screen guard. The government purports that the idea behind the secret trial is to ensure the safety of the witnesses.
Nnamdi Kanu, David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Chidiebere Onwudiwe are being charged with treasonable felony.
According to Justice Binta Nyako, who is currently handling the case, the witnesses would be allowed some degree of protection; would allow the witnesses to be shielded with screen-guards.
“The counsels and the defendants will see the witnesses. The witnesses will have special entrances to and outside the court.”
Reports from Nigeria today says the trial is complying with the screen shield. The venue was arranged in a way that the judge, defendant and witnesses are separated from the rest of the court with screen-guards.
With the intervention of Kanu’s lawyers, more journalists were permitted to enter the court house.
The Justice sounded a note of warning to the security personnel at the court premises; requesting them not to be over zealous during the trial.
While the court was in session, pro-biafra protesters were outside chanting songs. They brandished the Biafra flags and placards that hailed the Biafra movement.
The Court Session
During the Court Session Kanu called the attention of the court to the fact that the federal government has a plan of detaining him indefinitely.
During Kanu’s secret trial, Kanu’s attorney requested the court to acquit Kanu and 3 of his comrades, stating that there was no link between them and the alleged charges.
He went on to say that the accused persons are being denied their rights to see visitors in prison. According to him some who have visited Kanu were arrested and killed.
In response to that, the attorney representing the federal government denied the claims.
The trial was adjourned by Justice Binta Nyako till the next day, January 11, 2016.