Fresh Confusion in Court Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Case
As the world is earnestly approaching April 25, 2017, a date when the trial of the 5 count charges bothering on treasonable felony and other frivolous charges preferred against Nnamdi Kanu, the Supreme leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other IPOB trio of Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Mmadubugwu and David Nwawuisi, is expected to resume hearing, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide is calling on International Community and the world at large to as a matter of urgency break silence as the injustice meted on Nnamdi Kanu by Nigeria government through the instrumentality of Nigeria Federal High Court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako has triumphed for too long. It is worthy of note that there is no type of judicial caricature which Nigeria Judges duo of Justice John Tsoho and Justice Binta Nyako have not inflicted on Nigeria judicial system in their bid to twist the known judicial procedures and figure out an obnoxious verdict and convict Nnamdi Kanu and other 3 IPOB activists in order to satisfy the ungodly yearning of Nigeria tyrant, Gen Muhammadu Buhari.
IPOB Worldwide wish to let the world know that the injustice of Nigeria government against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu with the support of British government through the instrumentality of Nigeria judiciary has reached an undeniable crescendo when Justice Binta Nyako ruled that a secret trial under the principle of Sharia Law must be imposed on Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB trio. How can the principle of Sharia Law which is exclusively made for Islamic people be forced on a Judeo-Christian Biafran who knows nothing about Sharia Law and the type of secrecy in its trials?
According to the judicial system in Federal High Court of Nigeria, the procedure for criminal justice system is based on Common and Civil Laws due to the fact that Nigeria is secular State contain citizens with different religious allegiance. Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was accused of treasonable felony by Nigeria government, and there supposed to be nothing secret in witnesses mounting the podium on the witness platform to provide evidences and exhibits which will substantiate an accusation as big as treasonable felony. Treason or treasonable felony crimes against a sovereign state like Nigeria should not be given a secret trial because the allegation was done against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu openly.
It is on this note that I hereby wish to draw the attention of international community to December 31st 1983, when Gen Muhammadu Buhari committed treason in Nigeria by overthrowing a democratically elected government of Nigeria under Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari and suspended Nigeria 1979 Constitution. If Nigeria government has wanted to prosecute Gen Muhammadu Buhari at the return of democracy in 1999, there will be uncountable evidences to substantiate the allegations against Gen Muhammadu Buhari which will includes:
(1) His unconstitutional takeover of power from the overthrown president.
(2) His broadcast of assumption of office as the unconstitutional Head of State.
(3) The list of Nigeria members of the Armed Forces drawn from the Army, Navy, Air-Force, Police and other civilians who participated in the unconstitutional take over of power.
(4) The list of arms used to carry out the crime which will appear as both evidence and exhibits.
By these glaring realities, no witness will need his or her identity shielded. Even me without any formal judicial preparation appear and testify against Gen Muhammadu Buhari should he be tried today for committing treason in Nigeria in December 1983. In this case, it is not only security operatives that can testify against him they would have been defendant (Gen Buhari) just as Shaibu Labaran continued to insist on and continue to delay the trial under reference with his prayers for secret trial.
However, in the case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB trio, there are no such evidences as I listed above because they continued making it clear to the world that all they wanted is the restoration of the ancient nation of Biafra. It is important for the world to know that the restoration of Biafra is by no reason any threat to Nigeria seat of power because only a referendum just like the one conclude in Turkey recently can settle the issue of Biafra.
Now that Nigeria judiciary has become completely confused in handling the case because the trial Judge has cluelessly made pronouncements contrary to laws of the land, is it not time for the world to break silence and compel Nigeria government to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB activists held in detention and begin the process of organizing a referendum just as the government of Turkey did recently? Continuous detention of Nnamdi Kanu on the collective desire of about 70 million Biafran people is the height of injustice in world. I rest my case!
By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers