Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer threatens to pull out of case
The lead counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, Chuks Muoma (SAN), has threatened to withdraw from his trial.
Muoma told the presiding justice, James Tsoho, of the federal high court in Abuja, today, that his representation for Kanu would be conditional following the “extraction” of one his clients by another lawyer.
Benjamin Madubugwu, second defendant, who is standing trial with Kanu, told the court that he no longer wanted Muoma as his counsel.
In response, Muoma told the court: “My lord I am the lead counsel in this matter and courtesy demands that the introduction of a new counsel should be made with my consent.”
“I am a very busy counsel. I am not chasing the priest, the priest is chasing me. If this counsel had come in to be lead counsel, it will be a different case, but he is coming to take away one of my clients. Until this clarifications are made, my further appearance is forestalled. I cannot do the wrong thing after almost 45 years at the bar. My conscience cannot allow me to pretend.”
The new counsel to the second defendant, Amobi Nzelu, appealed to the senior lawyer for patience, saying he had no intention to snatch his client.
He stated that it was the right of his client to choose his own counsel.
The judge adjourned the case to September 26 for hearing of the motion and for trial.
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