The secret trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and three others has begun at the Federal High Court, Abuja.
Kanu, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, who are on trial for treasonable felony and terrorism were shielded from the public in the courtroom.
Justice Nyako had on Dec. 13, ruled that the identity of witnesses in the case would be protected.
This made it difficult for people, including defendants’ relatives to enter the court. The defence team insisted each of the defendants was entitled to have four relatives in court during proceedings.
“The charge does not warrant his detention because there is no case against him,” he said. Ejiofor also told the court that the Department of State Services (DSS) were frustrating the efforts of counsel in gaining access to the defendants.
He also alleged that relatives of the defendants were being continuously harassed and arrested each time they visited them in prison.
“They (DSS) are clamping down on the innocent citizens. If anything should happen to me or my family, the DSS should be held responsible,” Ejiofor said.
According to her, this is a simple criminal case so I do not understand all the “gra-gra” around it which I see from my CCT camera. She also said that the defendants should be unhand-cuffed as soon as they arrived the court premises as the defence team had complained that they were brought into court in handcuffs.