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IPOB's Withdrawal Of Interest In Nigerian Judiciary As Regards Kanu's Trial

IPOB's Withdrawal Of Interest In Nigerian Judiciary As Regards Kanu's Trial  Nnamdi Kanu The ongoing trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, lead...

IPOB's Withdrawal Of Interest In Nigerian Judiciary As Regards Kanu's Trial 

Nnamdi Kanu

The ongoing trial of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has been marred by series of legal irregularities and injustices. Recently, the IPOB leadership, the Directorate of States(DOS) made the decision to withdraw their interest in the Justice Binta Nyako's Federal High Court continued trial of its Leader's Case. This decision comes in the wake of a deeply troubling Supreme Court ruling on December 15, 2023, which have been viewed as a miscarriage of justice.


The Supreme Court Justices in their ruling, admitted to several critical points that highlight the injustice faced by Nnamdi Kanu. Firstly, they acknowledged that Kanu did not jump bail but rather escaped assassination when the military invaded his house on September 14, 2017. Same invasion which led to the loss of 28 lives and destruction of properties.


Secondly, the Supreme Court Justices condemned the manner in which the IPOB leader was abducted in Kenya and extradited to Nigeria. The extraordinary rendition violated international law and Kanu's rights, yet he continues to be held in detention without bail.


Thirdly, the Supreme Court Justices criticized Justice Binta Nyako's decision to revoke Kanu's bail. This decision, which was based on spurious allegations, further demonstrates the bias and unfairness that have characterized this trial.


It is important to note that the Court of Appeal had previously delivered a landmark ruling on October 13, 2022, which took all these factors into consideration. The Court of Appeal discharged and acquitted Kanu of all charges, declaring him ineligible to stand trial further in any Nigerian court. This ruling was a clear indication of the lack of merit in the case against Kanu.


However, despite acknowledging and admitting these wrongdoing by the federal government against Kanu, the Supreme Court in its ill-delivered verdict, reversed the due judgment and remanded Kanu back to the Department of State Services (DSS) dungeon without bail. This decision reeks of political interference and raises serious concerns about the independence of the judiciary in Nigeria.


The IPOB leadership's decision to withdraw every confidence from the Judiciary reflects their lack of confidence in the fairness and impartiality of the judicial process. It is a damning indictment of the Nigerian legal system and its failure to uphold justice and the rule of law.


In conclusion, this withdrawal of IPOB's interest is a stark reminder of the injustice that continues to plague Nigeria's legal system. Kanu's case is not just about him; it is about the fundamental principles of justice and fairness that should govern any democratic society. Until these principles are upheld, Kanu's trial will remain a symbol of the injustices that persist in Nigeria.


Written by Chima O. Biafra


Edited by Ogah C S Maduabuchi


For Family Writers Press International.

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