An Abuja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday ordered the Department of the State Security (DSS) to detain the leader of the Biafran Republic agitators, Mr Nnamdi Kanu, for another 90 days.
The trial Magistrate, Chief Magistrate Shuaib Usman, held that the 90 days grace granted the security outfit was to enable the DSS complete investigation into the allegation of acts of terrorism and financing of terrorism it preferred against Kanu.
At Monday’s resumed trial, counsel to the DSS, Mr Moses Idakwo, had drawn the attention of the Chief Magistrate to the order of Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court granting further detention of Kanu for another 90 days.
Idakwo therefore asked the Court to step down from the trial of Kanu on the ground that the court lacked Power to prosecute terrorism charges.
The Biafran leader was however produced in court in compliance with last week’s order of the Magistrate Court but with heavy security escort.
Counsel to the accused person, Mr Vincent Obeta, objected to the order of the court and the application that the Magistrate Court should step down from the trial.
Obeta argued that the bail earlier granted the accused person must be first complied with before any application for transfer of the case to a Federal High Court can be entertained.
Usman adjourned ruling on whether to step down from the trial or not till December 1.
The Street Journal recalls that the Chief Magistrate had last week ordered the DSS to produce Kanu unfailingly before the court on Monday to answer criminal charges brought against him by the Federal Government.
Usman gave the order following the absence of the accused in court when the trial was to commence.
The DSS had last week refused to bring Kanu to court despite an earlier order he made on October 23 to that effect.
Magistrate Usman had held that no trial could continue in a criminal case in the absence of the accused.
Kanu is standing trial on Criminal conspiracy, managing and belonging to an unlawful society and criminal intimidation, contrary to Section 97, 97B and 397 of the Penal Code.
According to the DSS, the accused formed an unlawful society with the purpose of bringing into being the defunct secessionist Republic of Biafra.
He is alleged to have proclaimed himself as the leader of the Republic of Biafra and established a Biafra Radio Station.
Kanu is also alleged to have appointed himself Commander of the Loyal Forces of Biafra.
He is also accused of broadcasting to the whole world the dire consequences of the government and people of Nigeria will suffer should they attempt to hinder the actualization of the said Republic.