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Terrorism charges: Nnamdi Kanu refuses to submit to trial, calls FG's lawyer terrorist

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Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra, or IPOB, made headlines on Monday in the Federal High Court in Abuja when he declined to appear in court to face accusations of terrorism.

To defuse the tension, Justice Binta Fatimat Nyako was finally compelled to postpone the trial until June 19.

Clapping to his chest, Kanu said that the Nigerian government was not authorised by the Constitution or international law to bring criminal charges against him. He swore he would not go to trial.

Not long after the judge denied his motion to have his revoked bail restored and to be released from DSS detention, Kanu stood up in the dock and objected to the Federal Government attorney, Adegboyega Awomolo, trying to start the trial.

As soon as Awomolo declared that his witnesses were present in court and prepared to begin the trial, Kanu got up and addressed the points made by his attorneys, who were led by Aloy Ejiamakor.

He informed the court that he would not consent to an unfair or unlawful prosecution of himself and asked them to forget about holding a trial.

He supported his objections to the trial by citing many authorities from a paper he had in the dock.

When the government counsel interrupted that a defendant was not authorised to speak in the manner Kanu was doing, the Biafra agitator grew enraged and landed hard on the senior lawyer, labelling him a terrorist in open court.

Attempts by Justice Nyako to calm him down were futile as he continuously yelled at the government counsel, calling him "a terrorist and a dishonest man".

"As current Chairman of the Body of Benchers, you are supposed to know the Constitution and uphold it," Kanu stated, referring to Awomolo.

Awomolo, who appeared to be upset by Kanu's outburst, informed Justice Nyako that such behaviour is to be anticipated.

"He's merely acting on his feelings. "I am not offended or provoked," the top lawyer stated.

To rescue the situation, the court granted Kanu's lawyer's plea for an extension so that the legal team could confer with him in a clean room without eavesdropping.

Justice Nyako then set the trial date for June 19 and 21, respectively.

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