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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

A member of the prosecuting team said Kanu could be tried in absentia

The federal government of Nigeria may proceed to try the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu in absentia as his whereabouts remains unknown.

Kanu, who is due to appear in court today, October 17, alongside three other pro-Biafra agitators, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Bright Chimezie has been nowhere to found.

Kanu's whereabouts became a mystery after the military's exercise tagged Operation Python Dance which was recently conducted in the southeast including Kanu's hometown in Abia state.

Vanguard reports that a member of the prosecuting team on Kanu's case said the federal government is bent on proceeding with the court case with or without Kanu's presence.

The lawyer, who pleaded to be anonymous said it would not be the first time a person established to have absconded would be tried in absentia.

The lawyer said: "It will not be the first time a defendant is tried in absentia. Take the case of a former Niger Delta militant, Mr Tompolo for instance. When he refused to make himself available, FG proceeded to try him in absentia."


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