REPORTING LIVE FROM UMUAHIA, CHIJINDU UKAH
FOR BIAFRA WRITERS
Today the 18th April, 2016, twenty brethren of the Indigenous people of Biafra arrested while praying on 9th Feb 2016 at National High School Aba, who have been unjustly detained in Aba prison like our leader Nnamdi Kanu, were scheduled to appear in the Federal high court, Umuahia today. On reaching the court venue, the twenty accused persons were nowhere to be found as they were not brought to stand their trial in court today. But nevertheless, the court proceedings continued as the defence counsel to the Indigenous People Of Biafra, in the person of Barrister Kenneth Nwankwo was present.
The case was called upon at 11:37am Biafra time, for both legal representatives to proceed with their adumbrations. While the defence counsel to the Indigenous People Of Biafra made known his presence by introducing himself to the court, his learned colleague; who was supposed to represent the Federal Government Of Nigeria, unfortunately was nowhere to be found.
The legal representative of IPOB, Barr. Ken pleaded for oral application of the hearing of the case of the twenty accused, as it was not clearly stated in the already written application that there are up to twenty of them in prison. The judge granted his plea on the condition that he will present the names of all the twenty accused persons one after the other, which he did without objection.
After his presentation, the judge merged all the twenty accused under one case file, since the charges against them are all the same and since they have the same legal representative. The Judge further asked the counsel to the indigenous people of Biafra, if a letter of hearing has been served to the federal government of Nigeria, but the answer was an emphatic ‘No’. she proceeded by instructing that a letter of hearing be served to the Federal government of Nigeria.
After giving out the above instructions, she went on to adjourn the case to the 11th of May for another hearing, after IPOB lawyer pleaded for a closer date which was not granted.
While addressing the members of the indigenous people of Biafra IPOB present in the Court, the lawyer stated that the federal government of Nigeria does not have any case against the accused IPOB members, he further added that hopefully the detained IPOB in Aba Prison will be released come 11th May, 2016.
PUBLISHED BY NWOSU C.S
FOR BIAFRA WRITERS