Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the trial of the detained leader of the Indegenious People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu till January 18, 2022.
Kanu’s case was originally scheduled to be heard next year, but the court granted an abridgement of time after a motion was filed by the pro-Biafra leader.
Therefore, the court had agreed to sit for hearing today (Thursday).
The court had on November 10, 2021, adjourned the trial of Kanu till January 19 and 20, 2022, for trial.
Kanu was, however, not present in court on Thursday.
On Wednesday, SaharaReporters revealed in a report that an emergency hearing that could lead to Kanu’s release on bail had been scheduled for Thursday (today).
Nigerian Government lawyers disclosed that the move was in response to several appeals by Igbo leaders for the release of Kanu.
The move followed President Buhari’s comments on November 19, 2021, to consider the unconditional release of the IPOB leader as sought by elder statesmen from the South-East, who visited him at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony instituted against him at the Federal High Court, Abuja, by the Nigerian Government in response to years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.
He was granted bail in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.
His rearrest and forceful extradition to Nigeria in June this year have been condemned by many rights groups around the world.