A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice to pay a fine of N200,000 to the four members of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, who are standing trial alongside their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The four defendants are Bright Chimezie, Chidiebere Onwudike, Benjamin Maduagwu and David Nwaurusi.
They had through their lawyers complained bitterly that they had faced untold hardships on in a bid to raise funds for their transportation to Abuja, to face trial.
The judge, Justice Binta Nyako directed that the AGF should pay each of the defendants, N50,000 for failing to conduct diligent prosecution and for the inconveniences they suffered as a result of the absence of the lead counsel to the Federal Government, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran.
The Judge expressed concern over the way the trial had been truncated and insisted that the N200,000 fine must be paid to the defendants before the next adjourned date.
Justice Nyako, therefore, adjourned until the 17th of next month for the continuation of the trial.
Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu, Editing by tola Ogunueye