Justice Minister to Pay N200,000 fine for truncating trial of Nnamdi Kanu’s co- defendants
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday imposed a fine of N200, 000 on the Attorney General of the Federation AGF for truncating the trial of four co-defendants of Nnamd Kanu on treasonable felony charges.
The Judge ordered that each of the defendant be paid N50,000 by the AGF for the inconveniences they suffered as a result of absence of the lead counsel to the federal government Mr Shuaib Magaji Labaran.
Justice Nyako who apparently was visibly angry the way the trial was truncated ordered that the N200, 000 must be paid to the defendants before the adjourned date of March 17.
The four defendants are Bright Chimezie, Chidiebere Onwudike, Benjamin Maduagwu and David Nwaurusi.
They had through their lawyers complained bitterly in ha to hardships suffered to raise funds for their transportation to Abuja.
At Wednesday proceedings, no legal representation came for the federal government at the time the matter was called.
However, as the Judge was about to take adjournment, one Mrs Adewumi Aluko from the Federal Ministry of Justice came in apologized that the the federal government’s lead counsel was out of the country.
She announced that two witnesses were in court but will not want to proceed in the absence of the lead counsel and sought for an adjournment.
Her apology did not go down well with the Judge who counseled the federal government to be more serious in the trial of the defendants.
The Judge also extended similar counselling to the defense lawyers to stop using frivolous applications to delay the trial which was started since 2015
Meanwhile, Justice Nyako has fixed March 17 for resumption of the trial.
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