The trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the incarcerated leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, was rescheduled by Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Thursday from January 19 to 18, 2022.
The rescheduling of the trial followed the Judge’s granting of a time limit after a passionate petition to that effect.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s lead lawyer, has filed an application with the Court, requesting that the trial be moved to November and December this year, rather than January 19, 2022, as originally planned.
Shuaib Labaran, the Federal Government’s prosecuting attorney, told the Court that a counter-affidavit challenging the government’s motion had been filed and served on Kanu.
However, Justice Nyako informed Kanu’s lawyer that the request for time abridgement could not be granted because there was no judicial time available for such a matter.
The case diary of the Court was read to the lawyer during the drama to prove that the Court has a backlog of pending cases.
Justice Nyako agreed to reschedule other cases scheduled for January 18 to accommodate the trial, which would go until January 19 and 20.
Justice Nyako also ordered the Department of State Services to allow Kanu to practice his faith, change his clothes, and be provided with as much comfort as possible while incarcerated.