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BREAKING: Once again, Court shifts IPOB leader, Kanu’s, trial to Jan 18, 2022

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Against speculations that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu may be granted bail today, or removed from the custody of the DSS, his trial has again been shifted to January 18, 2022.

This ruling was delivered on Thursday by Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.

The shift in the trial date follows the abridgment of time granted by the Judge on Thursday after a plea to that effect.

Kanu’s counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor had approached the court with an application seeking an order of the court to accommodate the trial in November and December this year as against the earlier January 19.

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However, the counsel to the Federal Government, Shuaib Labaran informed the court that a counter affidavit opposing the request by the Federal Government has been filled and served on Kanu.

Consequently, Justice Nyako informed Kanu’s lawyer that the application for time abridgment cannot be considered. This was because there was no judicial time for such an issue.

In her final ruling, Justice Nyako agreed to shift other cases slated for January 18 to accommodate the trial which will last till January 19 and 20.

She further ordered the DSS to allow Kanu to practice his faith, change his clothes, and be given the maximum possible comfort in the detention facility.

These orders were given in Kanu’s absence as the trial was heard in his absence.

One of his lawyers, Alloy Ejimakor had told journalists it was not mandatory that Nnamdi Kanu be in court for the hearing.

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