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Kanu’s trial raises tension in Abuja

Kanu’s trial raises tension in Abuja
Kanu’s trial raises tension in Abuja

Kanu’s trial raises tension in Abuja

Abuja seems to be hot ahead of Monday’s resumed trial of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Leader Nnamdi Kanu.

The tension is exacerbated by the assertion of IPOB supporters to witness the trial and the vow by the Federal Capital Territory Police Command to counter any breach of the peace at the trial venue.

The trial is to resume at the Federal High Court (FHC), armed security operatives were yesterday sighted in and around its premises.

Nnamdi Kanu who is on trial for treason, although he was granted bail by Justice Binta Nyako in April 2017 on health grounds, he jumped the bail but was re-arrested last month by security agents in Kenya.

When he was brought to court on June 29, Justice Nyako acceded to the prosecution’s request that Kanu be remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).

Kanu’s trial raises tension in Abuja

Nyako also consented an accelerated hearing in the case and rescheduled the trial, earlier fixed for October 20, to July 26 and 27.

There were reports Prior to today’s resumed hearing, that the Office of the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice had instructed IPOB members and sympathisers to stay clear the court premises.

This was regardless denied by Dr. Umar Gwandu, the media aide to Justice Minister Abubakar Malami.

I saw them (reports) also. I was not aware of any such statement they were referring to, Gwandu said.

In spite of assumed or presumed tension, the court’s management and relevant security agencies were said to have commenced discussion on various possible ways to avert security breach, in view of the huge interest the case has generated.

Kanu’s trial raises tension in Abuja

Tori4africa understood that, part of the security measures being put in place was the restriction of human movement in and around the court premises today, including cutting off the number of journalists to be allowed to cover proceedings.

FCT Police spokesman Yusuf Mariam said yesterday that the police were doing everything possible to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

She said:

There is no problem. Our officers are there to keep the city safe.

Meanwhile, Kanu’s Special Counsel Aloy Ejimakor  called on security agents to aboid molesting supporters of his client, who might be in the court to show solidarity.

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