Indications have emerged revealing that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) may remain in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) until September.
Recall that IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu was reportedly rearrested in Kenya and extradited back to Nigeria on the 27th of June, 2021.
He was then arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako who ordered his remand in the custody of the DSS until his next trial date which is July 26 and 27.
Kanu, who is facing an 11-count charge of treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, among others, jumped bail in 2017 and left the country, only to re-emerge in Israel and then in the United Kingdom.
In a vacation notice issued by the Chief Information Officer of the Federal High Court, Catherine Christopher, in Abuja, on Monday, judges of the Federal High Court were asked to go on their annual vacation on July 26, the date slated for the hearing of his case.
The judges’ vacation will last till September 17, 2021.
It reads in part, “Pursuant to the provisions of Order 46, Rule 4 (d) of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2019, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, that the Federal High Court will proceed on its Annual Vacation for the Year 2021 from Monday the 26th day of July, 2021 to Friday the 17th September, 2021.
“The Court resumes sitting on Monday the 20th of September, 2021.”
The 2021 annual vacation was necessary for the judges to rest and prepare for the new legal year.
It also stated that only the core divisions of Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt will remain functional throughout the vacation.
The vacation judges who are to sit during the period are Justice A. R. Mohammed and Justice O.E. Egwuatu for Abuja Division; Justice I. N. Oweibo and Justice Tijjani Ringim for Lagos Division; and Justice S. D. Pam and Justice A. T. Mohammed for Port Harcourt Division.
According to the statement, during the vacation “only cases of extreme urgency, such as the arrest of Ship(s) and Fundamental Rights Enforcement are to be entertained.”