ABUJA – The detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and two other pro-Biafra agitators, David Nwawusi and Benjamin Madubugwu, have dragged judge handling their trial, Justice John Tsoho, before the National Judicial Council, NJC.
The trio who are answering to a six-count treason charge before the Federal High Court in Abuja, accused the judge of “misconduct and manifest bias”.
Sequel to the petition dated April 26 and an accompanied verifying affidavit on oath, dated May 24, the defendants, on Monday, asked Justice Tsoho to temporarily hands-off their case. They filed the motion on a day the Federal Government maintained that its witnesses were in court and ready to testify against Kanu and his co-accused persons.
A lawyer from office of the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mr. M. S. Labaran, while acknowledging the petition pending before the NJC, however alleged plot by the defendants to scuttle their trial.
“My lord, our witnesses are available, but the prosecution was confronted this morning with a fresh motion from the defendants.
Even from the face of the motion, there is a clear indication that the defendants are out to truncate the proceedings of this court”, Labaran submitted. He said there was need for the prosecution to react to some of the issues Kanu and the others raised before the Council .