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Court to DSS: Give Kanu maximum comfort in detention

A Federal High Court in Abuja Thursday ordered the Department of State Services to give the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of..

A Federal High Court in Abuja Thursday ordered the Department of State Services to give the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, maximum comfort in detention and allow him to change his clothes always.

Justice Binta Nyako also ordered the DSS to allow Kanu to practise his Jewish faith and access to Jewish religious materials. 

She further ordered the DSS to allow Kanu access to visitors of his choice and permission to mingle with other inmates in detention.

It would be recalled that following Kanu’s extradition from Kenya, the Federal Government had filed fresh seven-count charges against him bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.

Justice Binta Nyako also yesterday fixed January 18 to 20, 2022 for Kanu’s trial. 

The court had earlier fixed January 19 for hearing, but summoned parties in the matter to appear on December 2 to enable the court take some pending application.

The IPOB leader, was, however, absent in court. 

Counsel to Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had requested the abridgment of time for the hearing to hold in December as against January.

Shuaib Labaran, who stood for the Federal Government, told the court that a counter affidavit opposing the request had been filed and served on the defendants.

Although Justice Nyako had informed Kanu’s lawyer that the application for time abridgment could not be considered because of scarce judicial time in the diary, she moved all cases already slated for January 18 to 20 to other dates for only Kanu’s case.

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