Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, was absent in court Tuesday morning as his trial for alleged treason resumed in Abuja.
Kanu is being tried for leading an attempt to break away from Nigeria.
He has not been seen in public since government troops stormed his Abia State home in September, resulting in clashes with his supporters.
On Tuesday, prosecution counsel Shuabu Labaran predictably urged the court to revoke Kanu’s bail following his absence and called on the court to arrest the sureties who stood in for the defendant, according to Premium Times.
Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, expressed surprise at the submission of Mr. Labaran, the paper reported.
Justice Binta Nyako said she had no time for drama, and asked Ejiofor about the whereabouts of his client.
“You know I don’t like drama. What Mr. Labaran has just said is that the first defendant is not here and because of that I should revoke his bail. Now it my turn to ask you: where is your defendant?”
Ejiofor said he could not tell whether Mr. Kanu is still alive or dead.
The exchanges are still ongoing.
Meanwhile, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who stood surety for Kanu, asked the court to clear him of responsibility, saying he could not be held accountable after the Nigerian army stormed Kanu’s residence.
Abaribe also wants a refund of the N100 million bond earlier agreed to be given as part of Mr. Kanu’s bail condition.