A little drama took place at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja today when a judge stood down from hearing treason charges brought by the government against the director of Radio Biafra and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.
Justice Ahmed Mohammed announced the decision after Mr. Kanu objected to the case, saying it was needless, as the federal government had repeatedly disobeyed previous court rulings granting him bail.
According to Kanu, the office of the State Security Service, SSS, had abused or neglected the outcomes of his previous trials.
He, therefore, stated his outright objection to the trial in the court.
Rejecting his objection to trial in the court, counsel to the prosecution, who is also the Federal Director of Prosecution, office of the Attorney General, Mohamed Diri, told the court that based on section 396 (2) of the constitution, the defendant had no right to object until after the plea is heard.
After listening to both sides, Justice Mohammed said he was standing down from the case, saying Mr. Kanu had the right to reject the trial, “after all justice is rooted on confidence”.
“If any of the parties has no confidence in the court, he has the right to say so”, Mr. Mohammed ruled.
The judge opined that the prosecution would have done the same thing if they were in Kanu’s shoes.
“Assuming it was the prosecution, if they had no confidence in the court of jurisdiction; would they not have done so?
“I hereby remit the case file to the honourable chief judge of this court to reassign it”, Justice Mohammed said.