A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Wednesday ordered that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, be remanded in Kuje prison pending his trial for treason.
Kanu’s trial was stalled Monday following the absence of a judge but at the resumed hearing on Wednesday, the presiding judge, Justice John Tsoho, gave the order after listening to applications filed by counsel to the Department of State Services (DSS) and IPOB leader on the matter.
Counsel to the accused, Chuks Muoma (SAN), had prayed the court to give an order removing his client from DSS custody and remanding him in prison, saying since his arrest in October of 2015, Kanu had been kept incommunicado by the secret police.
He, therefore, pleaded with the court to send the accused person to prison so that his family and lawyers could have access to him.
This prayer was however rejected by the DSS counsel, Mohammed Diri, who urged the court to allow Kanu remain in the custody of the DSS for security reasons.
In his ruling, Justice Tsoho ordered that Kanu be remanded in Kuje prison.