The Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu had two lawyers battle to represent him in court today.
At the resumed hearing of his trial on Wednesday in Abuja, two lawyers Gabriel Egbule and Vincent Obetta, appeared before the judge, claiming to be his defendants.
Kanu, who was arrested in October by the Department of State Security, is being charged on three counts of criminal conspiracy, intimidation and belonging to unlawful society.
Egbule, who represented Kanu when he was first arraigned and an Enugu-based legal practitioner, Obetta, got into a verbal altercation over the double appearance.
Egbule tendered a letter from Kanu’s wife to represent him in court, but Obetta also told the court that he received a consent letter from Kanu’s father and the Indigenous People of Biafra, to represent him.
Obetta also claimed that due to his inability to appear at the first arraignment, Egbule was asked to appear on his behalf, in the matter.
In the middle of this confusion, prosecution counsel, Moses Idakwo informed the court that Kanu was absent in court.
Idakwo said their inability to present him in court was as a result of the application challenging the jurisdiction of the court to try the matter.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate Shuaibu Ahmed, said in a criminal trial, it was binding on the prosecution to bring the accused to court as required by law.
Ahmed then adjourned the case till November 23 to enable prosecution produce the accused and for Kanu to choose his legal representative among the battling lawyers.