- The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu has been adjourned to October 17
- The federal government has also amended the charges against Kanu and three others
- The government also joined a new defendant in the trial
- Kanu and the four other accused persons will take fresh pleas on the new trial date
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu's trial before Binta Nyako was expected to commence on Tuesday, July 11.
However, counsel to Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor who spoke to NAIJ.com said, the trial has been adjourned at the instance of the court.
Ejiofor also said a new trial date has been fixed for Tuesday, October 17.
"Yes, the matter has been adjourned to October 17, at the instance of the court."
Sources within the Kanu's family also told NAIJ.com that the federal government has amended its charges against the IPOB leader and three other accused persons - Benjamin Madubugu, David Nwawuisi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe.
The source said the fresh charge has a new defendant - Bright Chimeze - a personal assistant to Kanu joined in the matter.
Chimeze on the fresh charge has been accused of facilitating the importation of equipment used for the set up of the Radio Biafra.
The Department of State Services alleged that Chimeze helped in importing the Radio transmitter into Nigeria.
He was also accused of moving the transmitters to Ihiala in Anambra state.
While the pleas will not be taken on Tuesday, July 11, as earlier scheduled, NAIJ.com gathered that the judiciary also began its annual vacation on Monday, July 10.
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It was also gathered that the trial of the IPOB leader could have been affected by the annual holiday for judges which is expected to end on September 26.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the IPOB accused the federal government and the judiciary attempts scuttle the trial of its leader Nnamdi Kanu and the three others.
IPOB in a statement on Saturday, July 8, said federal government and the judiciary are playing politics with the trail of its leader and three others detained in Kuje Prison.
You can watch this NAIJ.com video of Nnamdi Kanu and his approach to the agitation: