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UPDATED: Groups clash outside court premises over Nnamdi Kanu's trial – Premium Times

Two opposing groups, on Wednesday, clashed outside the premises of the Federal High Court in Abuja, where the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, is being prosecuted on charges of terrorism and treasonable felony.
Supporters of Mr Kanu, who were seeking access to the court premises were confronted by a ‘pro-Nigeria’ group who accused them of supporting Mr Kanu and his call for the break-up of Nigeria.
The supporters of the separatist leader addressed journalists outside the court, accusing the government of injustice in the trial of Mr Kanu.
They accused the federal government of conducting Mr Kanu’s trial in secrecy before his eventual arrest in Kenya.
They also accused the government of barring Mr Kanu’s foreign lawyer and some of his supporters from the court.
The opposing ‘pro-Nigerian’ group, carrying placards with different inscriptions, charged at the pro-Biafra group while Mr Kanu’s supporters were addressing journalists.
Shouting match
There was a shouting match between both groups that almost resulted to violence.
“Is there anything fishy about this trial? There is no place in the world where people are tried like this. This is unfair. All I am asking, as a messenger of truth, is justice in this trial process if it must go on, if not, this thing will produce an already known outcome,” a member of IPOB and one of Mr Kanu’s supporters told journalists before the intrusion of the ‘pro-Nigeria’ group.
With their placards with inscriptions like “We must give peace a chance,” “IPOB is a terrorist organization,” “Respect your country Nigeria,” “No bail for terrorists,” “Justice for innocent Nigerians,” the message of ‘One Nigeria Group’ was clearly to spite the other group.
In a separate interview with PREMIUM TIMES at the scene, Muhammed Hassan, who identified himself as the president of One Nigeria Group, said their intention for the rally against pro-Biafra group at the court was to demonstrate their commitment and love for Nigeria.
“We are here to follow the court proceedings of the dangerous and terrorist group called IPOB and to tell them that the unity of this country is non-negotiable.
“We are saying no to insurgency, Boko-Haram, IPOB attacks. No to sit-at-home, it is killing our brothers in the South-east. They are sitting at home against their will in fear of IPOB attacks,” Mr Hassan, in his 40s, told this reporter.
When asked to comment on the allegations made by Mr Kanu’s lawyer and some of his supporters, including traditional rulers who came to witness the court hearing, the “pro-Nigeria” group president argued that the presence of the former “may be to intimidate the judges”.
He added that the evidence against Mr Kanu causing disunity in the country was overwhelming and he must face justice.
“You have heard him cause mayhem in this country and we won’t allow it. He has a lawyer inside. There is nowhere in the world where you will be on trial without your lawyer, that won’t be a trial. Two of Kanu’s lawyers are inside the court,” Mr Hassan, flanked by members of the group, argued.
PREMIUM TIMES reported that Mr Kanu’s legal team walked out on the judge in protest against the refusal of the State Security Service (SSS) to allow an American lawyer working with the team to enter the courtroom.

Court adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s trial as defence lawyers walk out on judge

Mr Hassan also dismissed the possibility of being sponsored by anyone to stage the Wednesday rally against Mr Kanu’s group.
Amid the shouting match between the groups, the trial judge, Binta Nyako,of the Federal High Court in Abuja, adjourned the trial of the detained leader till January 19.
Mr Kanu was escorted by a high number of security officers selected from all security units in the country.
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