Tuesday, 19 October 2021 05:54

Court issues strict rules to counsels as FG increases charges against Nnamdi Kanu

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Federal government has amended the criminal charges filed against Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The IPOB leader will now be rearraigned on a seven-count charge as against the five counts he was previously answering to, bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism.

The case is scheduled to come up on October 21, before Binta Nyako, a federal high court judge.

Meanwhile, the court has issued a hearing notice to Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lawyer to Kanu, and that of the prosecution.

The notice gave fresh directives on the conduct of the proceedings throughout the case.

“This case will be transferred from the general cause list to the hearing paper for Thursday, 21st October, 2021, at 9 o’clock forenoon and will come on to be on that day if the business of the court permits or otherwise on some adjournment day of which you will receive no further notice,” the notice reads.

“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 parties are warned that at the hearing, they are required to bring forward all the evidence by witnesses or by documents, which each of them desires to rely on in support of his own case and in contradiction of that of his opponent.

“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 deems fits to impose.

“Parties desirous to enforce the attendance of witnesses should apply at once to the court to issue one or more summonses for the attendance of the witnesses required.

“It is indispensable that the application should be made so as to allow time for reasonable notice to the witnesses required.

“If the witness is required to bring books or papers, they must be particularised in the summons sufficiently to enable him to understand what is meant.

“Any party summoning a witness through the court thereby becomes liable to pay such witness reasonable sum of money to be fixed by the court for his expense and loss of time.

“The court may refuse to enforce the attendance of a witness unless such sum has been fixed and deposited in the court.

“If either party desires to use in evidence at the hearing, any book or document in the possession or power of the other party, he must give the other party, reasonable notice in writing to produce it at the hearing, failing which he will not be allowed to give any secondary evidence of its contents.”

 

The Cable