The Department of State Services, DSS, yesterday secured an order of the Federal High Court, Abuja to detain the leader of the Biafran Republic agitators, Mr Nnamdi Kanu for another 90 days.
The 90 days grace granted the security outfit was to enable investigation into the allegation of acts of terrorism and financing of terrorism levelled against the Biafran leader by the Federal Government.
Counsel to the DSS, Mr Moses Idakwo at the resumption of trial of Kanu yesterday in Abuja drew the attention of Chief Magistrate Shuaib Usman to the Federal High Court order of Justice Adeniyi Ademola granting further detention of Kanu for another 90 days.
Idakwo therefore asked the Magistrate Court to step down from the trial of Kanu on the ground that the court lacked power to prosecute terrorism charges.
The Biafran leader was however produced in court in compliance with last week order of the Magistrate Court but with heavy security escort.
Counsel to the accused person, Mr. Vincent Egechukwu Obeta, objected vehemently to the order of the court and the application that the Magistrate Court steps down from the Kanu trial.
There was a peaceful solidarity march by IPOB members from the court in Wuse II to Mabushi. The police were on hand to ensure that the solidarity march was peaceful.
He insisted that the bail earlier granted the accused person must be first complied with before any application for transfer of the case to a federal high court can be entertained.
Chief Magistrate Shuaib Usman has however adjourned ruling on whether to step down from the trial or not till December 1.
The Magistrate Court had last week ordered DSS to produce the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu unfailingly before the court yesterday to answer criminal charges brought against him by the federal government.
Chief Magistrate Shuaib Usman gave the order following the absence of the accused in court when the trial was to commence.
The DSS had last week refused to bring Kanu to court despite an order made on October 23 to that effect.
Magistrate Usman insisted that no trial can continue in a criminal case in the absence of the accused, adding that the only condition that can make a court to excuse the absence of an accused has not come up.
Kanu is standing trial on criminal conspiracy, managing and belonging to an unlawful society and criminal intimidation contrary to Section 97, 97B and 397 of the penal code.
The fact of the case, according to DSS report, was that the accused formed an unlawful society with the purpose of bringing into being a Republic of Biafra.
He was alleged to have proclaimed himself as the leader of the Republic of Biafra and established a Radio of Biafra.
Kanu was also alleged to have appointed himself Commander of the Loyal Forces of Biafra and was broadcasting to the whole world the dire consequences of the government and people of Nigeria will surfer should they attempt to hinder the actualisation of the Republic of Biafra.

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