Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Drama in court as Kanu refuses to let his handcuffs be removed

Nnamdi Kanu appears in court with handcuff

Kanu refuses to let his handcuffs be removed
Photos: Kanu in court, refuses to let his handcuffs be removed

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu was in court today for the continuation of his trial

– Kanu went into the courtroom with his handcuffs on, refusing to take them off

The Federal High Court on Tuesday, February 9, stood down the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.

The judge over the case, John Tsoho on entering the court said the matter will be stood down till 12pm.

“I am sorry the case has been stood down for other matters to be attended to,” Tsoho said.

Meanwhile, kanu who appeared in court in white brocade threaded with silver embroidery had gone into the courtroom on handcuffs.

A rare sight as prison officials always remove handcuffs from accused persons in the premises before they are allowed into the courtrooms.

Kanu being led into the court by security operatives and his lawyer

He was also denied bail on submissions that would escape trial being in possession of a British passport and that the allegations against him are grave and a threat to national security.

The judge added that the rights of an individual does not supersede the peace and security of a nation.

The court reduced an application by Kanu for the release of his passports.

Kanu’s lawyer, Chuks Muoma had asked the court to release some documents belonging to his defendant.

Muoma had in an application prayed the court to release money and two passports – Nigerian and British – collected from the first defendant (Kanu) upon his arrest. He also objected to the application for a secret trial of his client.

But the judge, Tsoho in his ruling said the application lacked merit.

Tsoho said: “There is no doubt that the accused have been charged before this court. It is erroneous to say that application for the release of these documents should not be made to this court.”

The judge however said that Muoma’s submission that evidences not listed on the charge can be returned to the accused person.

Quoting Diri, the judge said it is a mere conjecture by the defense to say that these evidences will not be used by the court.

He added that such applications can come after the prosecution has ended its case thereby allowing the defense to open their case.

The court further rejected the application for the release of the documents and adjourned the case to Friday, February 19 for hearing on the application on secret trial.