A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has on Wednesday adjourned the trial of the embattled leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu till April 5.
In his ruling, the presiding Judge, Justice John Tsoho adjourned the matter following a prayer by the prosecution led by Mohammed Diri.
Diri, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), had urged the court to adjourn the matter so as to allow the prosecution respond to an application it was served by the defendant on Wednesday morning.
“Though the case was fixed for today, we have five witnesses outside the courtroom waiting to testify but because of the motion of notice served by the defendants counsel on the prosecution, we are asking for an adjournment so that we will properly respond to the application,” Diri said.
The counsel to Kanu, Chuks Mouma earlier informed the court that he on behalf of his client had filed a motion for stay of proceedings against an earlier court ruling which allowed the prosecution witnesses to testify through screen.
“We filed a motion for stay of proceedings.”
In line with the prosecution’s submission, Justice Tsoho adjourned the matter till April 5, 2016.
In a related development, the embattled IPOB leader has asked the Abuja High Court to stay further proceeding on his trial.
Kanu, who is hitherto the Director of Radio Biafra and two other pro-Biafra supporters who are facing trial with him – Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi – urged trial Justice Tsoho to hands-off their case and await the outcome of an appeal they have lodged before the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal.
The trio who are answering to a six-count treason charge, made the application on a day the federal government was to open its case against them.