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The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, a rights activist and head of the Biafran pro-independence party, the Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB), has attracted representatives from the United Kingdom, the United States, and other countries.
Kanu faces charges of treason and other baseless crimes for calling for a referendum on an independent state of Biafra in the country’s east. His trial is set to commence on Monday, July 26, 2021.
After fleeing to Israel in 2017, when his home was invaded by military who massacred scores of civilians in an attempt to assassinate him, he was apprehended in Kenya and illegally deported to Nigeria.
“We see here the presence of some well-known journalists from European countries. Some British and American delegates have also arrived,” said a source at a notable hotel in Abuja.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the separatist leader’s lawyer, confirmed the presence of journalists and members of the international community and urged for calm between separatists and security agents who will be present in court for the trial.
“I further wish to urge restraint and civility in all quarters tomorrow. It is your constitutional rights to be in court to witness Court’s proceedings but your engagement, dressing and conducts should be civil,” Ejiofor said in a statement on Sunday.
“The World is here already and they will be watching. All notable World class media houses are here already.
“I also wish to remind the security agents that the Court’s environment is a public place, accessible to everybody, and not a battleground, they should be civil in their engagement, as no violence is envisaged and none will happen. What we Demand for is justice and fair hearing,” he said.