The Supreme Court on Thursday adjourned the hearing of the matter concerning the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, until 14 September.
The case mainly involves the federal government’s appeal challenging last year’s decision of the Court of Appeal dismissing the terrorism and treasonable felony charges against Mr Kanu.
The Biafra secessionist also has pending before the Supreme Court, an application for bail with an alternative prayer for transfer of his custody from the State Security Service (SSS) to the Kuje correction centre in Abuja.
A five-member panel of Justices led by John Okoro JSC, on Thursday, adjourned the suit despite frantic efforts by Mr Kalu’s legal team to convince the court to hear the case and not to defer it to another date.
Kanu’s lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), had during the proceedings, urged the court to hear a motion that could help address his client’s fast-deteriorating health conditions in SSS custody.
But the federal government’s counsel, Tijani Gadzali SAN, objected to the position, asking for time to file a response to Mr Ozekhome’s reply brief.
The court, swayed by Mr Gadzali’s position, adjourned the case until 27 September 2023.