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MNK: 3 Ways Justice Nyako Favoured Kanu In His Absence

The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra-IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was expected to make an unscheduled appearance in court today, but was absent.

Kanu is standing trial for charges levelled against him by the federal government, bothering on treasonable felony and inciting of violence through his speeches.

He had had his Court date adjourned to 19-20th of January, 2022. This means that today’s hearing was only in response to the plea to abridge time.

Kanu’s lead counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had approached the court requesting that the case be heard in November or December, 2021, as against the January 2022 adjourned date.

Well, as is expected, the Federal Government filed a counter affidavit, in opposition to the plea. This left the Judge, Justice Binta Nyako with a decision to make.

She indicated there was no judicial time to consider the matter, but ended up moving the date back to 18th, instead of the initial 19th of January, 2022.

In the midst of all these, there are at least, 3 areas that the Judge favoured Kanu. Of course, Kanu did not need to be in Court because, such a hearing on timing does not necessarily need the defendant.

Here are the ways Justice Nyako favoured Kanu.

1. The Judge ordered the Department of State Services-DSS, to allow Nnamdi Kanu have a change of clothes.

This is because, it appears, as evidenced from his court appearances, that he is stuck with just his Fendi designers wear. The order to get him more clothes will definitely bring some relief to him.

2. The Judge also ordered that Kanu be given medical attention, while in detention. This means that fears of his deteriorating health will be allayed. This is a huge favour for Kanu, though he was not present.

3. The DSS were also ordered to allow him practice his faith. For a man in captivity (and usually isolated, as reports have it), practicing his faith is integral in maintaining his sanity.

With these three orders, the Judge just favoured Kanu, and ensured he receives maximum comfort while awaiting his court date in 2022.

In all, I would like to opine that she was as fair as she could, and these instructions to the DSS on behalf of Kanu, goes a long way to upholding democracy and the law. Unless proven guilty, one is still innocent in the eyes of the law.

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