The trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), resumed at the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja today.
The trial which commenced at about 1 pm, however, started with a complaint raised by the defence counsel that their client was going blind.
Chief Mike Ozekhome, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who is the lead counsel to Kanu, raised the alarm that his client’s sight had deteriorated.
Ozekhome told the Court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako that Kanu, who is currently in the custody of the Department of State Service (DSS), may go blind if nothing was urgently done to restore his sight.
Meanwhile, IPOB has grounded the Southeast, turning major cities in Imo and Anambra ghost towns.
Residents of Imo State completely obeyed IPOB’s sit-at-home order in solidarity with today’s court case in Abuja.
TheNiche observed that Owerri, the capital city of Imo State, was a complete ghost town.
The situation is not different from Orlu and Okigwe as the streets were deserted.
Markets were shut down. Schools were also closed as parents refused to allow their children to step out of their homes.
Most schools, banks, markets were shut down and commercial activities were grounded to a halt.
A resident of Owerri, who simply identified himself as Ndubuisi, who spoke to journalists blamed both government and IPOB.
“We are in a mess and no one knows when this nonsense will end. They are simply ruining our lives. How can a whole state be shut down and every activity brought to a halt because someone is being tried?
“How will this ghost Wednesday help in freeing Nnamdi Kanu? I blame the government,” he lamented.