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Nnamdi Kanu Refuses The Secret Trial And Goes To Court
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Nnamdi Kanu Refuses The Secret Trial And Goes To Court 

Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, requested the court to declare it “invalid, null, void, and of no consequence whatsoever” in the initial summons.

By Omotayo Olutekunbi

Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has gone to court to dispute the Federal High Court’s practice directive ordering that his trial be held in secret.

He requested that the court declare that the provisions of Order III of the Federal High Court Practice Directions (On Trial of Terrorism Cases) 2022 were already the subject of Section 36 (4)(a) and (b) of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Constitution, 1999, as amended, and thus inoperative and outright ultra vires.

This comes as the head of an IPOB breakaway faction, Simon Ekpa, has rejected demands to call a halt to the Monday, April 26, 2022 sit-in order to protest Kanu’s continuing arrest.

Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, requested the court to declare it “invalid, null, void, and of no consequence whatsoever” in the initial summons.

The Federal High Court’s Chief Judge, Justice John Tsoho, and its Chief Registrar were named as defendants in the complaint, copies of which were acquired by media yesterday.

Justice Tsoho has issued a new practise directive for the court’s handling of terrorist matters.

The cases of Nnamdi Kanu, Bureau de Change operators charged with terrorism financing, and Boko Haram suspects are now being heard in court.

Justice Tsoho stated that the new practise direction was made in the execution of his constitutional powers as provided in Section 254 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 Constitution (as amended).

The court stated that media coverage of hearings is absolutely barred under the new arrangement.

The IPOB leader also seeks a perpetual injunction prohibiting the defendants from applying and enforcing the provisions of the Federal High Court Practice Directions (On Trial of Terrorism Cases) 2022, whether by themselves, servants, agents, privies, and all other officers and agents of the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

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