The trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, at a Federal High Court in Abuja, has resumed without the presence of the defendant in court.
When the matter came up for hearing, the lead counsel to the prosecution, Mr Mohammed Abubakar, informed the court that although the defendant had not been produced by the Department of State Service, DSS, they were ready to proceed.
He also requested the Court to proceed without a fiat, taking into consideration that the court had commenced vacation and Justice Binta Nyako was not one of the vacation judges.
Counsel to the defendant, Mr Ifeanyi Ejiofor, informed the court of an application he filed seeking the transfer of Kanu from DSS custody to the correctional centre.
Responding, the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako, held that the trial of Mazi Kanu would not proceed in the absence of Kanu, having been arrested and brought into the country.
The judge insisted that Kanu must be physically brought to court since he was now available to face his trial.
The court urged the prosecution to ensure that Kanu is brought to court to witness his trial.
The matter was therefore adjourned until the 21st of October, this year.