The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, on Tuesday caused a mild drama at an Abuja Federal High Court as he shouted at the judge handling his case, Justice Binta Nyako that he will not be tried in private.
Kanu, alongside Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwawuisi, are facing trial for an 11 count charge bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony and publication of defamatory matter.
Shortly after Justice Nyako ruled that witnesses in the ongoing trial of Kanu would be allowed to testify behind a screen, an angry Kanu, who was in the dock shouted, “I will not be tried in secret.”
The trial judge said “It is in law that criminal trials be conducted in open court, but, however, it is not strange that some circumstances can warrant the concealing of witnesses.
“I will want all of you to choose a date for us to practice how the screening will be conducted, so that you will not be taken unaware on the process.”
But Kanu who snapped back at the judge said, “I will not be tried in the secret, this is not a Sharia court, I must be tried in an open court.
“Buhari went public and he accused me in public, now you he wants to try me secretly, I will not accept that.
“He (President Buhari) has sent his sister from Kastina state (referring to the judge) to try me, he should learn to guard his utterances.”