Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and Director of Radio Biafra, has threatened to expose secrets that are capable of sinking Nigeria. Kanu gave the threat in the Tuesday’s ruling.
Trial Justice Bin Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja granted the Federal Government the permission to protect identities of witnesses billed to testify against Nnamdi Kanu.
Justice Nyako who held that names of all the prosecution witnesses who are mostly security operatives would not be disclosed in any record of the court proceedings also said that the witnesses would be allowed to testify against the defendants behind a screen that would be provided by the court. Justice Nyako however stressed that both the defendants and their counsel would be allowed to see the witnesses who she said would enter and exit the courtroom through a special door.
However, the IPOB leader immediately rejected the court ruling, insisting that it was against the tenets of Justice and fair hearing
“This is nonsense! I will give testimony before this court! By the time I finish, there will be no Nigeria. This is no Sharia court. It is a court that operates under the common law.
“I won’t stand this travesty of Justice. Buhari spoke in public, he accused me in public. I must also be allowed to stand my trial in public”, Kanu roared from the dock.
“There will be no screening of witnesses, no fake identities or fake addresses. I cannot be tried in secret. No! Nnamdi Kanu cannot be jailed in secret! They are mad. Why must I be tried in secrecy by a government that does not obey court orders.
“They are killing my people in public, after killing my people they want to try me in private? That person is mad. I won’t allow it. “, Kanu fumed.
Kanu is facing an11-count charge alongside three other pro-Biafra agitators, , Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, Mr. Chidiebere Onwudiwe.
Charges against the accused persons border on reasonable felony and their alleged involvement in acts of terrorism. The defendants had earlier alleged plot by the Federal Government to import foreigners to testify against them.