Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu wants trial halted

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has filed an application for his trial to be halted at the Federal High Court, while he contests a ruling allowing secret witnesses to testify against him.

Mr. Kanu and two others, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, are facing charges of treason.

His counsel, Chucks Muoma, had on Monday indicated his decision to contest Justice John Tsoho’s ruling allowing the presentation of secret witnesses at Mr. Kanu’s trial.

The trial judge had ruled that the witnesses would only be known by both counsel and would be made to testify behind protective screens to prevent them from being identified by the public.

Mr. Muoma said the ruling was strange and would be contested by his client.

Also addressing the press after the sittings, Mr. Kanu’s other counsel, Efeanyi Ejiofor, reiterated the point made in court by his client, adding that an application would be sought in a higher court to determine the status of Mr. Tsoho’s ruling.

At the court on Wednesday, Mr. Muoma prayed the court to stay proceedings pending the determination of his application at the Appeal Court.

The matter was adjourned till April 7, for ruling on the application.

Also addressing journalists after Wednesday’s hearing, Kanu’s other counsel, Mr. Ejiofor told journalists that his client would demand a change of trial judge as they were not convinced that Mr. Tsoho would give them a fair trial.

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