Chima Onyekachi; writes for TBP
January 15, 2017

IPOB Leader; Nnamdi Kanu (Right)
At the resumed hearing at the trial of the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and three other defendants, Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe, a “Prima Facie” was filed by lead defense counsel, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor. A prima facie in a lawsuit or criminal prosecution is a first look at the evidence before trial. Let me simply put it this way, the defense counsels are asking the Nigeria government to provide evidence sufficient enough to establish the allegation of treasonable felony and terrorism slammed against their clients.

It is a fact that Nnamdi Kanu is leading his people in seeking their right to self-determination which is enshrined both in the African Charter of Human and Peoples Rights and the United Nations Charter. Nnamdi Kanu is a freedom fighter who merely gingered his people to exercise their constitutional rights via his broadcasts on Radio Biafra, unlike Muhammadu Buhari, he has never engaged in any coup or attempted coup which is tantamount to treasonable felony and treason.

Nnamdi Kanu has been accused of treasonable felony but on what date did he commit such a serious crime? Where did Nnamdi Kanu and others hold the meeting to overthrow the government of Muhammadu Buhari? The Nigeria government is presenting as evidence, two licensed Dane guns recovered from the home of one of the defendants, are those weapons capable to be used to commit treasonable felony? It is obvious the charge against the defendants bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism is baseless and in a sane society such case will not be entertained.

It is appalling that the Nigeria government which has continually sensationalize the trial of Nnamdi Kanu is seeking for a secret trial. The government is known to have always used the Nigeria media platforms especially Sahara Reporters to release so-called evidences against the leader of IPOB but now it has the opportunity to indict him through a prima facie case, the prosecuting counsel is objecting to the hearing of the application.

From the onset, the trial has been premeditated by President Buhari who stated clearly in his maiden presidential media chat that Nnamdi Kanu must stand trial even when two courts of competent jurisdiction had granted him bail and also released him unconditionally. While former President Goodluck Jonathan ignored the broadcasts from Radio Biafra throughout his tenure, Muhammadu Buhari prefers to exhibit his dictatorial traits by arresting Nnamdi Kanu but his myopic decision catalyzed the struggle for the restoration of Biafra.

Justice Binta Nyako has another opportunity to exonerate the Nigeria Judiciary and herself from the claws of the tyrannical government of Muhammadu Buhari by making the right pronouncement on February 10, 2017. The judge must not allow pressure from the presidential cabal to impede her ruling as the world watches on. Justice Nyako has committed enough judicial blunders already by denying bail to the defendants and also allowing a secret trial but the application for a prima facie by the defense team is another opportunity to breath a little decorum into the Nigeria Judiciary. She should show some concern for her career and not connive with Buhari who committed treason as a military officer to use her against an innocent man. It is not yet late for Justice Nyako to dispense justice as was done by Justice Shuaibu of the Abuja Magistrate Court and Justice Ademola of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

Editor/Publisher: Chinwe Korie
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