The absence of a judge on Monday stalled the re-arraignment of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu before a Federal High Court, Abuja, on charges of terrorism.
The reason for Justice John Tsoho’s absence was not immediately known to journalists who had thronged the courtroom but counsel to the IPOB leader, Vincent Obetta, said the court would communicate a new date for the re-arraignment.
Kanu is facing six-count charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism alongside Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawusi.
The Department of State Services, DSS, which is prosecuting Kanu and others, said the offences are contrary to sections 41 (c) and 63 of Criminal Code; section 47 (2) (a) of the Customs and Excise Management Act; and section 27 (b) (1) of the Firearms Act LFN, 2005.
It would be recalled that last December, Kanu expressed his lack of confidence in Justice Ahmed Mohammed to dispense justice in his case citing non-compliance with earlier orders for his immediate release made by Magistrate Shuiabu Usman on December 16, 2014 and Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja on December 17, 2014 which was not obeyed by the prosecutors.