Federal High Court, Abuja on Thursday, declined to release the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, on bail.

A crowd of pro-Biafra supporters were at the court in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, for the hearing where Nnamdi Kanu and several other pro-Biafra activists were denied bail.

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They were chanting: “No Biafra, no economy” and “No Biafra, no Nigeria.”

As Mr Kanu has been in detention for more than a year, the court did promise to speed up the case.

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During today’s hearing prosecutors filed an application seeking to allow their witnesses to wear masks when giving evidence, saying this was necessary for security reasons.

But defence lawyers argued that the state wanted to pay people to give false evidence as it was not able to prove its case against Nnamdi Kanu.

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The case has been adjourned until 13 December, when the judge will rule on the matter of the masks.