Justice Binta Nyako, judge of the federal high court, Abuja, has adjourned the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), till October 21, owing to the failure of the federal government to produce him in court on Monday.
In June, Nnamdi Kanu was arrested and extradited to Nigeria to face trial. He was remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) after he was re-arraigned before the judge.
Speaking before the court on Monday, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel for the defence, told Nyako that the DSS denied Kanu the right to meet with his relatives.
“I was informed authoritatively, I am speaking from the bar, that Nnamdi Kanu has been taken out of jurisdiction of this court,” he said.
“We have been denied access to Kanu in the last 10 days.
“We are worried about his safety and don’t know why the federal government’s refused to bring him in court.”
Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony brought against him by the federal government over his campaign for a ”Republic of Biafra”.
He was released in April 2017 for health reasons but skipped bail after flouting some of the conditions given to him by the court.
He later fled Nigeria after soldiers raided his father’s residence in Abia state in November 2017.