The presiding judge of the Federal High Court Abuja, Justice Binta Nyako, has ordered for a secret trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and co-defendants.
Justice Binta Nyako, after reading out the arguments of the defendants and prosecutors, ruled that her court will give room for mask witnesses.
“I hereby rule that, the mask witnesses will testify. We shall provide special route for entrance’s and exit, for the witnesses. I also state that, from now to Thursday this week, the counsels should come to court and see how the secret trial works. “We will arrange the court and even Lawyers, Journalist etc” judge Nyako stated.
A drama ensued in the court, as Nnamdi Kanu rejected the injustice from the witness box.
“This is injustice, Buhari said he will not grant me bail and now the judge is talking about secret trial, this is injustice and I will not subject to it” Mazi Nnamdi Kanu stated in the court, backed by Benjamin Madubugwu, who rebuked the secret trial as well.
Barrister Ejiofor, however pleaded that the health of his client is severely deteriorating, and therefore should be released; but Binta Nyako, replied him in a somewhat like harsh manner.
“Tell me how you want him to get medical treatment? All this things you are talking about is sentiment. I have refused to grant him bail,so what other step do you want to take?”, Justice Binta Nyako asked Ejiofor.
“I want him to be released, my client is very ill and should be released,” Barrister Ejiofor stated.
The case was adjourned to 10,11 and 12th of January.