The absence of Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court, Abuja, Monday, stalled the trial of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Justice Nyako had adjourned Kanu’s trial to Nov. 20 following the failure of IPOB’s leader to appear in court when the case came up on the last adjourned date.
The Judge had on October 17, 2017, ordered Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, and two others standing as sureties for him to appear in court to explain the IPOB leader’s whereabouts or forfeit the N100m bail bond
Kanu, who was enjoying the bail granted him by the Judge on April 24, 2017, was absent from court at the previous proceedings when trial was billed to commence and the court had adjourned to today (Monday).
Justice Nyako was said to be attending the ‘All Judges’ Conference’ being held at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja, which made the court not to sit and case was subsequently adjourned till Dec. 5.
Meanwhile, Abaribe was sited at the court premises Monday obviously heeding the summon of the court to appear and explain the whereabouts of Kanu, who has been missing since Sept. 14, 2017, when military invaded his country home in Afaraukwu, Abia State.
At the last sitting, Abaribe had asked to be discharged as a surety but the court refused, saying before asking to withdraw as a surety, he must first produce the defendant.
Kanu is facing prosecution alongside others on charges of treasonable felony.