- The Federal High Court in Abuja has made some pronouncements concerning the allegations that Nnamdi Kanu is being subjected to poor conditions in the custody of the DSS
- Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, asked the DSS to allow the IPOB leader to have the “maximum possible comfort” in its facility
- Meanwhile, the trial of the detained separatist leader has again been adjourned till Tuesday, January 18, 2022
FCT, Abuja - At the emergency hearing on Thursday, December 2, the Federal High Court in Abuja, made some pronouncements in favour of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu who is facing felony and terrorism charges has been in the custody of the Department of States Services (DSS) since June 2021.
The IPOB leader's lawyers have consistently complained that about the poor conditions he is allegedly being subjected to in detention.
The lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, specifically complained that Kanu had not been allowed to change his clothes since he was arrested.
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At the emergency hearing on Thursday, Ejiofor requested an order for his client to be given maximum comfort.
In her ruling, Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, said a custodial centre is not a “five-star hotel” where one can receive maximum comfort, The Cable reported.
She, however, asked the DSS to:
- Allow Nnamdi Kanu to have the “maximum possible comfort” in its facility
- Have a bath whenever he wants
- Change his clothes
- Eat properly
- Practise his faith
Meanwhile, the court has adjourned Kanu's case till Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
The IPOB leader's lawyers had urged the court to move the trial date forward from the previous adjournment date which is January 19 and 20 2022.
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However, the trial judge said the diary of the court was full and that the earliest possible date is Tuesday, January 18, one day before the previous date given.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, described as premature the possibility of pardoning Kanu.
Malami stated this on Wednesday, December 1, while appearing as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
He said though pardoning Nnamdi Kanu is not ruled out, it is premature as the IPOB leader has not been convicted.
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The president made the promise on Friday, November 19 while receiving a group under the aegis of Highly Respected Igbo Greats, led by First Republic parliamentarian and Minister of Aviation, Chief Mbazulike Amaechi, at State House, Abuja.
Kanu has spent months in the custody of the DSS.