Federal High Court, Abuja is set to begin the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, in his absence.
Kanu is facing charges bordering on treasonable felony brought against him for his active involvement in years of campaign for the independent Republic of Biafra through IPOB.
A hearing notice was issued to both Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s lawyer, who is the defence counsel and the federal government’s prosecution counsel.
The hearing notice from the court slated the case for November 26 during which five prosecutions will testify against Kanu.
It would be recalled that Kanu was granted bail in April 2007 for health reasons but skipped his bail after flouting all the bail conditions given to him by the court.
Justice Binta Nyako, who granted him the bail, revoked it owing to his absence and ordered that he should be arrested.
However, Kanu’s lawyer insisted that he left the country due to the invasion of his family’s residence in Abia State by soldiers during a military exercise.
He prayed the court to restore the bail to enable the defendant return to Nigeria for trial but the judge turned down his request.