Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel for the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has moved to ask Justice Binta Nyako of a Federal High Court in Abuja to recuse herself from the trial of his client.
He also stated that contrary to reports, the legal team which he led did not stage a walkout from the court during Kanu’s trial on November 10 following the refusal of operatives of the Department of State Services to allow some of them to gain access into the courtroom.
“My client and by extension, the legal team has no implicit confidence in the court to proceed in this case. So, going forward, we are activating processes to urge my Lord to recuse herself from this case so that the Chief Judge would give a directive to that effect. It is open now even before a layman on the street, it’s clear that she is partial.
“So, now let me say this to you; this is a case in which we are representing a race, not Nnamdi Kanu. This is a case involving Igbo’s not Nnamdi Kanu alone we’re representing a race in this case. As sensible as serious as this case may be, it shouldn’t have been treated with this sense of levity,” he said.