The Federal High Court in Abuja has ruled that the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu will remain in the custody of the Department of State Services despite a request to transfer him to Kuje correctional centre.
The presiding Judge, Justice Binta Nyako gave the order on Monday during the resumption of Kanu’s trial in Abuja.
Mr Kanu in his application had argued that he cannot get a fair trial if he remains in the custody of the DSS.
Also in the application, he sought for an order to grant him access to his medical doctor for the purpose of carrying out a comprehensive independent medical examination on him.
Justice Nyako further ordered that the DSS should allow access to Mr Kanu, although it won’t be a free-for-all.
On Kanu’s absence in court, the DSS said it was due to logistics reasons.
The judge adjourned the trial to October 21.
Kanu was intercepted on June 27 and was repatriated to Nigeria in a shadowy operation conducted by Nigerian security operatives in collaboration with international partners.
In another development, Revolution now activist, Mr Omoyele Sowore was arrested around the court premises after an altercation with the security agents guiding the perimeter of the court.
Sowore in a traditional red cap attire was seen taken away by Police operatives.