The Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered that the missing leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, be separately tried from the rest of his co-defendants.
Justice Binta Nyako made the order following an oral application by the lead Prosecuting Counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, who noted that Kanu’s continued absence from court since he was granted bail in April 2017 has frustrated progress in the case.
Kanu, who, alongside his co-defendants, is being prosecuted on five counts bordering on treasonable felony, among other charges, was absent from court on Tuesday.
He had not been seen since September 22, 2017 when his team of lawyers and family declared him missing after soldiers allegedly invaded his home.
But the rest of his co-defendants were produced in court by prison officials for Tuesday’s proceedings.