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BIAFRA: Binta Nyako drops Kanu's trial after hearing "Prima facie" suit filed by IPOB Leader


The Federal High Court presided by Justice Binta Nyako today, suspended the secret trial of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu and co-defendants till further notice following a prima facie suit filed by the defendants against the Nigerian government challenging the veracity of the charges leveled against them, which is currently being entertained by the court.
Nnamdi Kanu's Court Update 12th January 2017
Hon Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel of the defendants after his introduction, told the court that the accusations leveled on his clients lacks merit and basic proof.


According to Hon Ejiofor, “Nnamdi Kanu(the first defendant) is only exercising his right to self determination.”

He also noted that that the defendants started their agitations even before the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as the president of Nigeria; hence do not pose any the threat to the incumbent Buhari’s government.

ALSO READ: Nnamdi Kanu is freedom fighter, unlike Buhari – Says Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor

Meanwhile, below is the full meaning of prima facie;


The term translates from Latin as, essentially, the case at first sight. As that phrase implies, it is a way to evaluate a case at an initial stage to see if there is any support for bringing it to trial. A party with the burden of proof, in this case Buhari's regime, presents a prima facie case when the party presents enough evidence to support a verdict in the party’s favor, assuming the opposing party does not rebut or disprove it.

This means that the party with the burden of proof has shown that he or she can meet that burden as to each element of his or her case.

The trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the case to 10th February 2017.


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