By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
October 3rd, 2016

"Injustice anywhere in the world is a threat to justice everywhere in the world" - Martin Luther King Jr. If there is any big challenges that have come to test the integrity of Nigeria domestic judiciary, it is the frivolous case of treason charged against the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (Prisoner of Conscience) by government of Nigeria through its security agency called DSS. 

There is no type of travesty of justice that has not been committed by Nigeria domestic High court presided over by Justice John Terhemba Tsoho. The judicial misconducts by Justice John Tsoho described by the counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (Prisoner of Conscience) as "Judicial rascality" were list as follows:

(1) Denial of Nnamdi Kanu, an accused person bail while never heard or tried on the accusation with a statement from the clueless trial judge that Nnamdi Kanu may go back and commit again same office he has committed.

(2) Denial of Nnamdi Kanu's prayer to the court for the return of his money both in Dollar and Naira, his two international passport (British & Nigerian) and other properties seized by DSS at his arrest without listing them as exhibits before the court.

(3) Verdict somersault by the compromised judge when he overturned a previous ruling as obtainable from Nigeria domestic laws that a mask witness will not stand before the honourable court to be witness.

(4) Intimidation and harassment of defence lawyers with harsh voice and constant denial of the defence lawyers allocated time of 20 minutes as stipulated in law to make their presentations in the court.

(5) Constant hoarding of court ruling original document by the trial judge.

It may interest any reader to know that the reason for bail application in Nigeria domestic laws and conventions is the presumption of innocency of every accused person prior to trial. Should Nnamdi Kanu be proved innocent of the accusation by a competent court of jurisdiction, it will amount to grave consequences to government of Nigeria to pay for the damages he may claim for being detained without bail for 1 year now. Another reason for bail is to enable the person prepare for his defence in the case.

However, in the judicial enclave of injustice presided over by Justice John Tsoho, Nnamdi Kanu has been denied access to all these fundamental human right because the corrupt trial judge want to please the president of Nigeria who single-handedly appoints any judge of his choice to Nigeria federal high courts, Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court. 

As it is at the moment, Nigerian judiciary has exhausted all options explorable in Nigeria domestic laws in the case between Nnamdi Kanu (Defendant) and Government of Nigeria (Plaintiff) but the judges are afraid to give verdict that will not favour Nigeria government as Nigeria president has made a terrifying statement on his media chat of 30/12/2015, when he said that Nnamdi Kanu will never be released despite court verdicts ordering same. 

It is on record that President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria said this to mock the ruling of same high court presided over by Hon Justice Adeniyi Ademola 13 days after the verdict was given on 17/12/2015 that Nnamdi Kanu be released unconditionally as the then terrorism charge holds no water.

Since Nnamdi Kanu's illegal arrest on 14/10/2015 by DSS, government of Nigeria has arraigned him for maintaining an unlawful society in a magistrate court which the court discharged him on want of evidence. DSS also arraigned him on federal high court on the ground of terrorism, still he was acquitted on the want of evidence by the court. In each occasion, they refuse to obey court verdicts. Now they arraigned him on treason. 

Reasonable people in the world have continued to ask "does it mean that Nigeria govt do not know the reason why they arrested Nnamdi Kanu in the first place"? Answer to this question will give the populace of the world who are eager to know the exact offence Nnamdi Kanu committed come 5/10/2016 in ECOWAS court sitting in Abuja. 

It is time for ECOWAS court to prove to the universe that it is not as corrupt as Nigeria domestic courts. Nnamdi Kanu brought his case of human right abuses to ECOWAS court with confidence that the honourable court will give all and sundry fair judgment. 

As the eyes of the whole world have shifted from Nigeria court to ECOWAS court, it is time for the court to prove to the world that money bag of Aso Rock has not reached ECOWAS court because Nigeria is not afraid to bribe any individual or institution no matter how highly placed. 

I end my script with this quote from Prof Chinua Achebe "The truest test of integrity is a blunt refusal to be compromised". Should ECOWAS court be compromised? October 5th is the answer!

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