When the case of IPOB vs Federal Government was called up at about 10am, three defendants were present namely Benjamin MADUBUGWU, David Nwawuisi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe. The fourth Bright Chimezie was absent. Immediately, the prosecution led by Mr Labaran Shaibu told the court that Mr Bright was in the premises and should be given 5 minutes to come in. Eventually, Mr Bright was brought in an hour later by the DSS.
Apparently prepared to frustrate and divert the attention of the court Mr Labran again told the court that IPOB members posted a photo short on social media of a DSS personal to be tracked and killed. But immediately IPOB defence team countered him and made the court to understand the ploy. The court granted the defence plea and threw away the application.
Now the business of the day: Bright Chimezie’s lawyer told the court that the amended charges brought by the prosecution was only served on him this morning which amounts to gross disobedience to clear directive of the court previous date to be served within time.
After heated argument by the defence and prosecution the defendants eventually took plea of not guilty to all the charges read.
The defence team again made an oral application for Bright Chimezie to be transferred to Kuje prison and was granted. The court adjourned till Thursday for continuation of hearing.
Reporting for Northern Media Team, Abuja.