- Justice Binta Nyako has threatened to withdraw from Nnamdi Kanu's case
- This was after his lawyer brought in new motions which had not been listed by the judge
- She gave his sureties time to produce him in court as she adjourned the case till November 20
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja has threatened to withdraw from the case of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) accusing the defense of trying to frustrate the case.
The judge gave this warning on Tuesday, October 17, following a series of arguments between her and the defense lawyers.
According to report, the judge reacted to an application by Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, and threatened to withdraw from the case.
She said: “If you don’t want me to continue in this matter, I will recuse myself.”
This was following a motion the lawyer planned to bring to court but which had not been listed by the judge.
“I told you that the matter is not yet before me.”
Shuaibu Labaran who is the prosecution lawyer asked that Kanu’s bail be revoked and that the N100 million bond posted by his sureties be collected.
The counsels to the defendants however asked that the case be heard differently.
Nyako however said she had the right to consolidate the charges.
“So I don’t see why I should separate something I should have heard together.”
One of the sureties, Eyinnaya Abaribe, asked to be discharged from the role.
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In response, the judge said: “Even if you apply from today till next year, this court will only have one of these three options for you: produce the defendant, pay the bond or demand for time to come and explain to court.”
In response, the lawyer, Obiechi Ogbonna, agreed to the third option and the case was subsequently adjourned till November 20.
NAIJ.com had reported that a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the senator representing Abia South, Abaribe, to produce Kanu or forfeit his bail bond of N100 million which he paid to the court in respect of the IPOB leader.
She said Abaribe can only be discharged from his suretyship only and when the first defendant - Kanu - is made available for his trial or forfeit his N100 million bail bond.
Nnamdi Kanu is absent as court begins hearing on his case on NAIJ.com TV