The director of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu has on Wednesday, December 23, told the federal high court in Abuja, that he preferred to remain in detention than subject himself to a trial that is likely to amount to ‘perversion of justice’.
Kanu, who spoke from the dock where he stood along with his two co-defendants, accused the federal government of refusing to comply with court rulings. The two other persons charged along with Kanu are Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi.
He also refused to take plea on a six count charge of treason, importation of illegal good and possession of fire arms filed against him by the Department of State Services (DSS), saying he had it on good authority that Ahmed Mohammed, the trial judge, was biased.
“I will rather remain in detention than subject myself to a trial that I know amounts to perversion of justice,” he said. “I will not have a fair trial in this very court because information available to me indicates that I will not receive fair trial before this very judge.
“I will not for any reasons sacrifice the due process of law founded on the principle of natural justice on the altar of my speedy release from detention.
“After all, previous orders have been made in my favour by courts of competent jurisdiction that my accuser, the state security service failed to carry out.”
Meanwhile, Justice Ahmed Mohammed of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday withdrew from the trial of Kanu, and returned the case file to the Chief Judge of the court, Justice Ibrahim Auta, for re-assignment to another judge.