The climate was tense on Tuesday, October 17 at the Abuja court, at the opening of the trial of Nnamdi Kanu. This independence leader and director of Radio Biafra in London is prosecuted for treason and attacks on state security. His trial opened in his absence amidst tensions.
“Where is Nnamdi Kanu?” “Repeated Judge Binta Nyako. ” I do not know where my client is, his house has been invaded by soldiers and since that day I have not heard from him,” said Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer for the independence leader. ” I can not say whether the accused is dead or alive, ” he adds ironically, according to our correspondent who attended Tuesday’s hearing.
Ted by defense lawyers, Judge Binta Nyako threatened to resign. Before finally postponing the hearing.
Beyond the charges of treason and assault on the security of the State, justice accuses Nnamdi Kanu of having violated the conditions of his provisional release. Nnamdi Kanu was not supposed to speak in public or give interviews, said the prosecution.
On the merits, the absence of Nnamdi Kanu amplifies the anxiety of his sympathizers who ask the army for evidence of Nnamdi Kanu’s life.
This trial takes place in a complicated context: the atmosphere in five southeastern states, concerned by this Biafran cause, is very tense. The army has launched an operation to combat banditry and claims to have arrested 106 people for alleged acts of burglary in recent weeks.