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Court issues standing protocol on Nnamdi Kanu’s trial

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The Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday issued a notice ahead of the resumption of trial of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu on October 21.

Mr Kanu is being tried for alleged treason before Justice Binta Nyako.

The trial notice entitled “Federal Republic of Nigeria Versus Nnamdi Kanu” was marked FHC/ABJ/CR/383/15 and served on Kanu’s lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor and that of the Federal Government Shuaib Labaran.

The one-page document partly read, “This case will be transferred from the General Cause List to the hearing paper for Thursday 21st October 2021at 9 o’clock forenoon and will come on to be on that day if the business of the court permits or otherwise on some adjustment day of which you will receive no further notice.

“If either party desires to postpone the hearing, he must apply to the court as soon as possible for that purpose and if the application is based on any matter of fact, he must be prepared to give proof of those facts.”

The court warned that at the hearing all parties are to bring their evidence by witness or document.

“The proof will be required at the hearing and not on a subsequent day, and parties failing to bring their evidence forward at the proper time may find themselves absolutely precluded from adducing it at all, or at best only allowed to do so on payment of substantial costs to the other side, and on such other terms as the court fits to impose,” the notice read.

The court further stated that any party who desires to use evidence at the hearing, such party must give the other reasonable notice in writing to produce it at the hearing.

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