*Accused in court again in same wear, against judge’s order
Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has told the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that he is not guilty of any of the 15 charges filed against him by the federal government.
Kanu took the plea as his trial commenced before Justice Binta Nyako on Wednesday.
After the initial process, the lead prosecution counsel had asked for the consent of the judge to bring the first witness against Kanu to the dock to testify.
But Kanu’s lawyer, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) objected and told the court that Kanu has two motions pending that should be heard before any witness is called.
He reminded the judge that there are two applications, one for Kanu to be granted bail and the other a preliminary objection to the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter. The latter also urges the court to quash the charges against Kanu.
Justice Nyako however overruled the prosecution counsel and adjourned the trial till February. She however said what the court would hear on the next adjourned date is the preliminary objection on the jurisdictional competence of the court.
However, the Department of State Security (DSS) also flouted the order of Justice Nyako yesterday which mandated that Kanu should no longer appear before her court in the same wear since August last year.
Nyako had told the DSS to allow Kanu to have a change of wear apart from the white Fendi he had been appearing in which the judge described as faded and off-white.
Kanu still appeared before the court in the same wear as if the DSS never heard the judge or deliberately flouted the order.