ECONOMIC Community of West African States, ECOWAS, Court has set aside November 8, 2016, to pass its judgement on the trial of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu. According to a statement issued by IPOB spokesman, Emma Powerful, the presiding judge, Justice Friday Nwoke has declared that whether the federal government was ready for the case before the date or not, he would rule on it. The organisation posited that the federal government seemed to be on the run because it counsel failed to show up at the last court sitting, an indication that they were nervous and must have run out of genuine reason to hold their leader in detention. “The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, worldwide has blamed the Nigerian government, the security agents and APC for running out of fact in the case concerning our leader, Prophet Nnamdi Kanu.
“It was a nervous moment for the Nigerian government today at the Community Court of Justice, Economic Community of West African States, Abuja, as the court ignored every threat from the Nigerian government to conduct a hearing on Nnamdi Kanu’s case which has suffered an unending trial at the Nigerian judiciary. “It is unfortunate that the federal government and APC cannot come to defend the illegal detention of our leader. “Nnamdi Kanu’s defence team led by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor arrived the court at exactly 10am while the three-man panel of judges led by Justice Friday Nwoke from the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice arrived at about 10:10am. Barrister Ejiofor introduced himself to the judges after which the court clerk called up the case. “The Nigerian government was found to be on the run as the defence lawyer to the federal government submitted a motion for his absence just few hours before court proceedings, claiming that he
has a case today in Kaduna. “Barr. Ejiofor objected to this pointing out that he met him just yesterday at the court while he accused the Nigerian government of plans to further prolong Kanu’s case. “Reacting to this, the presiding judge, Justice Nwoke pointed out that the court case in Kaduna is not enough reason for their absence in today’s court, stressing that if the federal government’s representative fails to appear in the next court session, he (Justice Nwoke) will go ahead to give final judgement in the case between Nnamdi Kanu and the federal government of Nigeria. “He also billed the Nigerian government to compensate Barr Ejiofor with the sum of one million naira for flying from Lagos to Abuja for the case and they did not show up. “Justice Nwoke thereafter adjourned the case to 8th November 2016 for hearing and final judgment,” the statement from the IPOB spokesman informed.


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