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Monday, 19 November 2018

IPOB: Biafra Agitators Have Fought a Successful Fight Thus Far & Elders Must Now Wish Them Well - Nwoye

......Youthful Biafra Agitators Have Excelled as Warriors for Self-determination; Elders Must Acknowledge Their Role & Wish Them Well

By Dr. Christian Nwoye, Writes from Tampa, Florida Published on || The Biafra Times

November 19, 2018

Let us be real in our attempt to try to get a grasp of the ongoing fever-pitch level in the interest shown for IPOB and their Biafran allegiance activists fighting to restore Biafra. There is one thing l must caution most of us who are above the age of 50 and as a matter of fact, above 45 years of age. One thing that l have to tell you folks of my age group is that we must know that the war being waged by this generation – the millennials – is a “Facebook” war which technically translates to “social media” propaganda war. This is a war of equals and those fighting it are truly competent and therefore, resolute in their absolutist stand that no one will be able to dissuade them to disengage and engage in anything to the contrary. So far, they have excelled, and we must be gracious enough to accord them that honor.

l am a bit baffled that people keep talking about war in the “physical” – in relation to what they are doing – in essence, denigrating their efforts and that is quite unfortunate. Who exactly on the IPOB, Biafran side is making a case for war? Nnamdi Kanu (NK) and his group do not have any ammunition despite their vituperative pasture on the airwaves. Truth be told or recalled that  in 2014 only cautioned that people should arm themselves in such a way to be able to defend themselves if attacked. People took him for a joker and sat to suffer the deleterious consequences of ignoring his forewarning. Not being fore-armed, the Fulani herdsmen came knocking and knocked down a lot of people and into their graves.

That is how foolishness pays a fool his or her worth and nobody should forget that. l heard someone describe Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB and the Biafran agitators as freedom fighters without catapults while their enemies are armored to the teeth. What a shame? And one wondered why the sympathy of the world rests with them solidly. Humiliated, the Nigeria murderous onslaught against the harmless, unarmed kids following the terrains of narrow-mindedness, the Nigerian state went on heist and played the proscription card thereby handing them – IPOB, Biafra agitation – another winning medal when the outside world trashed such as a display of idiocy. Still not cowed, frantic opponents took some other desperate actions like the Operation “Python Dance” II in Southeast Nigeria aimed at assassinating Nnamdi Kanu but failed once more. He is alive though the Nigerian Army killed 28 innocent kids thereby giving the agitators still all manners of publicity and lifeline the group seriously needs to extend its existence and most likely, achieve all her set out plans.

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"Python Dance" violated 1999 Constitution
Mobilizing divisions of the Nigerian Army just for sake of raiding unarmed and undefended Nnamdi Kanu’s residence is said to have been motivated by psychosis of power!

Today, that ill-fated military raid has given Nnamdi Kanu the status of an internationally protected person – “IPP”, the Nigerian state once more floored. Britain, the Saudis or the Egyptians were nowhere to be found and Nnamdi Kanu keeps his happy “nwanza” dance. For those of us who know the aphorism associated with the Igbo word of this nwanza already know that he is a special person who came for a purpose and he has stooped to conquer. And that is come rain, come shine.

Someone of my age who has lived one’s entire life watching the eery drama of the Nigerian lies getting exposed by these kids scattered all over the world and therefore, wish them well. And because l believe in what they subscribe to and fighting for, l judge them as competing well in media exposures and outlet ownership as they work daily refusing to be outsmarted. That is why my sympathy is with them and l mean that strongly.

Anyone 65 and above has absolutely zero chance of changing them. The oldies must realize they are fighting this fight now because they have no interest living like most of us. And we need to quit making fools of ourselves because from the stories told them, as handed down from father to a son, mother to a daughter, their memories are sharp and therefore, not asking you and l for our help getting into the grove, ducking it out and moving forward. That is one of the reasons you and l need to butt out and wish them well.

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They are warriors on and in their own rights. They, therefore, need no discordant voices from our aging group. They may be young, but they have come to terms realizing the entire falsehood that is baked into the Nigerian project and enterprise. That they are not interested and willing to accept or condone the unacceptable status quo is because they are right. They are right for they have seen their peers all over the world in the person of Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, those Asian kids in their age groups doing exceptionally well because their societies encouraged and helped them. They have also seen themselves and their parents exceedingly successful elsewhere, but not their native land, Nigeria. They do not see themselves as losing anything but Nigeria, which they deem to be a necessary evil to get rid of.

Go ahead and bet these youthful warriors to your own detriment.

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Sunday, 18 November 2018

The Nigerian Question Since Independence

By Patrick Okafor | For Biafra Writers

November 19, 2018

No one has done more to expose the lies about Nigeria than the indefatigable, the man who saw tomorrow, the prophet of our time, Ohamadike Biafra and the leader of IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. His in-depth analysis of the problems of the geographical space called the “Zoological republic of Nigeria” is legendary. To his credit, Radio Biafra has become a lecture domain for all the ills responsible for the underdevelopment of Nigeria for those who care to know. The Biafra radio station has become the most popular radio station in the world, it has become a place where truth is spoken, and where the problems that befall the zoo is analyzed with no holds barred. God is using this intelligent, vocal and fearless man to unearth all the hidden lies that have been suppressed over the decades, especially since the so-called independence from Britain. Since his illegal detention on the 14th of October, 2015, Nigeria has never known peace. There have been other Biafran liberation movement groups before he became fed-up, because they were too unprepared in the real sense for his kind of freedom-fighting. They were all treating the problems of Biafra in Nigeria with a pinch of salt. He got into trouble with the group MASSOB led by one Ralph Uwazuruike. He was told in no uncertain terms to tone down on his rhetorics. Clearly, that space was too small to contain him. He was kidnapped, tortured just to break him.

That was what led to the setting up of radio Biafra as we know it today, the rest is history. From the point of setting up radio Biafra in 2009, it has become the rallying point for educating Biafrans on the lies that the Fulani hegemony and their cohorts has perpetrated over the years against the Biafran populace, the divide and rule tactics that their master, Britain taught them. Since his detention and release with the most stringent bail conditions ever, his critics are surely listening to him especially since his sudden reappearance in Jerusalem. The reverberations of his weekly broadcasts on radio Biafra since the 2nd of October 2018, has been, to say the least, earth-shattering. He’s living up to his mandate of destroying the zoological republic of Nigeria with the truth and nothing but the truth.

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He has continued not only to unmask the problems of Nigeria since inception, but has cracked open the faulty foundations of the Zoological republic – Nigeria, with the expose on the occupant of Aso Rock, Muhammadu Buhari, who we are learning, died on the 27th of January, 2017. The Cabals in Aso Rock, hell-bent on preventing a change of power have gone as far as cloning a look-alike person to double as the dead president Buhari. These cabals have done everything to hide that truth from the over 200 million Nigerians. In a saner clime, all of them would be serving life sentences or even death sentences. Kanu has been analyzing all the forensic evidences and the various events that has taken place since the passing-on of Buhari. From the flight log which indicates a stop-over at Casablanca to pick up a life-support machine to the eventual brain-dead condition on getting to London and then the funeral in Saudi Arabia on the 19th of January, 2017. There’s also the issue of the wife - Aisha’s return from Saudi Arabia and the lie that she went for a lesser Hajj.

Several times, she has pointed out that the cloned man is not her husband. To buttress this point, this cloned Buhari has not been seen in public with his wife and family. Every other video clip of him has been stage-managed. He’s a Sudanese, Jubril Al-Sudani masquerading as President Muhammadu Buhari since June of 2017. With these latest revelations by the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra - Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the zoo will obviously disintegrate. This is the final nail to the coffin of Nigeria as a country. Thanks be to Chukwu Okike Abiama, Elohim, for the impeccable IPOB leader, the Lion of Biafra. He vowed that should they not let Biafra go, he will bring to an end, this concoction put together by Britain without the people’s consent. He is living up to that creed every passing day. The pillars of Nigeria are hemorrhaging. These latest revelations will surely pull it down for good. It can only get worse with these weekly expose leading up to 2019.

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Editorial: The Presidency, Northern cabals and the Jibrin challenge

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue, Chief Editor | The Biafra Times

November 18, 2018

So, ‘Satan’ quits hell and takes up residence in Nigeria, same as saying that someone whom we have all come to identify as a clone or an ‘impostor’ left his abode in Sudan to occupy the presidential seat (the highest position) in Aso-rock as the stories making round the news has made us believe, thankfully with indisputable claims and evidence.

Call it Jibrin or Jubril, it doesn’t take away the fact that the time that lies before us, is full of deceit and deceptive machinations to conceal the truth that is now paving way to escape to reality. Jibrin Aminu Al’sudani is the current celebrity in Nigeria that everyone needs to pay rapt attention to in order not to be carried away by the growing deception of the northern cabals.

I recently stumbled into a publication in Vanguard Newspaper authored by one Dr. Ugoji Egbujo and titled: ‘Jibrin of Sudan and the audacity of fake news’. In the highly-worded article, the author described the whole story targeted at unmasking the supposed impostor in Aso-rock as a moonlight fairy tale and a fake story concocted by the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, simply because he was stunned by the quick recovery and return of President Muhammadu Buhari to the country after receiving medical treatment abroad.

But while I began to read the regrettably sponsored piece, I was actually hoping that the writer or journalist could at least put forward a veritable and undeniable evidence that could possibly dispel and debunk such ‘fake news and moonlight fairy tales’ so that people can begin to unlearn what the Jibrin saga has propounded but I was disappointed that all the evidence the writer could give was a statement credited by former governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, who according to the author, told Nigerians that he had pictures of the dead president in a morgue until he was embarrassed upon the latter’s return to the country.

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According to Dr Egbujo, “If a picture of Buhari surfaces and his nose appears a little flatter than the beak of a woodpecker, murmurs about Jibrin will fill the air. Corruption is ruthless. But it is fake news that has the stubbornness and ruthlessness of a Californian wildfire.” At least, the writer was able to appreciate and identify with the many evidences brought forward by the harbingers of his so-called fake news who have been making frantic efforts to outline reasons and proofs that the man in Aso-rock is Jibrin and that Buhari’s death was concealed by the northern cabals who wants to perpetuate themselves in power.

After reading ‘tales by the moonlight’ phrase, I expected the journalist to talk about rats chasing the president out of the presidential office, I expected Eric Joyce to be mentioned, even though his tweets of the alleged Buhari’s passing is still very much available on his verified profile, not deleted. I looked for the report on series of events that transpired then I remembered that Nigerian journalists are paid hacks, pen for hire quacks that should be having exclusives on abnormal issues as this. Mr. Writer has simply made no effort to outline his own reasons and proofs to convince us that the news is fake. He could have at least conducted an interview with the man he claimed to be Buhari. That singular encounter would have armed him with enough evidence to dispel the ‘fake news’ circulating on the internet but alas the writer was blinded by brown envelope courtesy of the presidency. This makes it a sponsored article that proves no fact.

What rhetorics have Dr. Egbujo been able to put across in order to clamp down the ‘rumours’ going on around the world about his so-called president? If Buhari is alive as he claimed, let him stand to be interviewed, let him also submit himself to a DNA test with his acclaimed children. Why not publicly defend himself by granting press interviews? Why did Buhari or should I say, Jibrin travel to France for the Armistice Day commemoration and refused to show up at the meeting venue and absent even when Emmanuel Macron, the France president was welcoming world leaders? Buhari/Jubril was conspicuously missing throughout the event in Paris.

Taking away the many pictorial evidences now flooding the social media, I do not see any reason why the so-called President Buhari as a public figure, cannot come out boldly on air to defend himself by removing his cap and let Nigerians see his bald head, addressing the populace in a presidential media chat, telling Nigerians why the entrance door to his office was replaced, explaining to Nigerian citizens the Queen Elizabeth’s condolence message and the observing of a minute silence by African leaders during the 28th session of the AU summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All these precise and mind-blowing revelations being propagated by IPOB has made the case more prominent and difficult to dispel by just a wave of hand or a mere write-up.

The writer of that sponsored piece has not been able to tell us why the presidency shied away from disclosing the etiology or the nature of the sickness that President Buhari suffered from before his evacuation to a London hospital and how he survived the chronic illness, if a miracle had probably occurred via the sudden fresh, younger and healthier body of a dying man. If actually money could change the health of a dying old man, perhaps, none of these old and young billionaires could have died because they have got the financial buoyancy to reverse it. It was also widely reported during the time that after spending months in a London hospital, Vice president, Yemi Osinbajo and Aisha Buhari were barred from seeing him (Buhari). Then all of a sudden, some selected people loyal to the cabal started paying him a visit. And after their marathon visits, he bounced back home stronger, healthier and till date never fell sick or went for a checkup again.

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These and more are the points I expected the writer should have raised to refute or counter the claims, through an investigative journalism and not coming up with anything being fed with from his paymasters. So why have the Queen of England not apologized for the condolence message she sent to Nigeria and why did Trump call him lifeless? But until the puppet journalist is able to prove the ‘fairy tales’ wrong, Buhari is assumed dead and not coming back.

If journalists and media houses in Nigeria have been fair, unbiased, balanced in their news reportage and had not allowed brown envelope to steer their conscience and could go extra miles to reach to the truth and report accordingly to inform the people, perhaps, the purported fake news could have been curtailed. But unfortunately, the fake news purveyors are the mainstream media in Nigeria. Had this writer or any other journalist asked the presidency while they have refused to tell what bigot Buhari is suffering from, why has this Buhari in Aso-rock afraid to talk to the press, why is this Buhari younger than Aisha Buhari, if this Buhari is not an impostor from Sudan, he should come out and speak fulfulde, the Fulani language, then we know that the Nnamdi Kanu or Ayo Fayose are lying.

Therefore, there’s no doubt that the writer is biased. Vanguard and their cohorts are on the payroll of the government. An Igbo adage says that “a woman cannot hide her pregnancy for too long,” meaning that the truth won’t take long before it gets unraveled.

As good journalists, what should you do to balance people’s beliefs and doubts on a matter very sensitive and sensational as this, knowing the person in question is the number one citizen of your country? Therefore, Egbujo’s article is more of a fairy tale than Nnamdi Kanu’s assertion. I urge him to do better than what he have done. Writing a lengthy essay will not help this government. Buhari should come to the open, perhaps through a presidential debate or other platforms to prove to Nigerians that he is still the Buhari that they voted for and that settles it.

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Friday, 16 November 2018

IPOB leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu continues the unmasking of Jubril Al-Sudani, the impostor in Aso-Rock on Saturday 17th November 2018 - IPOB

November 16, 2018

IPOB PRESS RELEASE,  Published on | The Biafra Times

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will on Saturday 17th November 2018 continue his expository worldwide broadcast on Radio Biafra to unmask the impostor in Aso Rock Jubril Aminu Al Sudani, who is presently impersonating the late Muhammadu Buhari the former president of Nigeria who died in London and buried in Saudi Arabia since 2017.

The address from the studios of Radio Biafra in Israel is billed to continue exposing the hidden secrets surrounding the non-appearance of ‘Buhari’ at the just concluded Armistice Day commemoration in Paris and the attempted cover up by his handlers in Aso Rock. Our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu via his Twitter handle @MaziNnamdiKanu highlighted that the program will start by 6pm Biafra time. It is an open program designed to enlighten the world on what is at the heart of the decay in Nigeria and why the country cannot be salvaged given that an impostor is masquerading as Buhari.

He will also address the issue of premature endorsement of Atiku Abubakar by a few Igbo men that gathered in Enugu yesterday without any written, signed and sealed guarantee contrary to what was agreed by all. This practice of endorsement of presidential candidates without any concrete binding agreement  has been going on for 40 years with absolutely nothing to show for it. Politics as usual has come to an end in as much as IPOB is concerned.

Those that once screamed, “no restructure no election” to endear themselves to IPOB have it seems been bought over with cash and promise of political appointments for their children that made them to suddenly start singing a different tune. Such inconsistencies, lack of morally upright stance on critical issues impacting on our survival as a race, have over the years led to the enslavement of our people for the enrichment of a few men and their families. This disgraceful outcome will no longer be tolerated by this generation. They are incompatible with the stated values, mission and goals of IPOB.

The program will commence at 6pm Biafraland time on 102.1 FM, on satellite, Radio Biafra App, Simple Radio, Tunein, online and Radio Biafra Facebook page.

Therefore, we enjoin Biafrans, lovers of freedom both home and abroad, including friends of Biafra to make this a date with our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as more shocking evidence, facts and figures will be released to the world. We will leave no stone unturned in the effort to liberate our people from the British engineered bondage and hell called Nigeria.

We wish to state unequivocally that it doesn’t matter who are, how old or young, once you mess with IPOB’s sacred oath to restore Biafra, you will no longer be part of us. Freedom is what we need now not another meaningless political alliance that will always end up plunging us into more misery as all previous Igbo ‘leaders’ endorsements have done.


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Biafra: The Best Time For Biafran Revolution In Martin Luther’s Way!

By Victoria. O. C. Agangan | For Biafra Writers

November 16, 2018

When King Martin Luther became convinced that the "just shall live by faith," he discarded all doubts and fear in him and confronted the Catholic authorities. He went headlong in convincing converts, hence the birth of the Protestant church. Protestant because he protested against many ills and evils going on in the church at that point in time. The church dogma was broken and divided by Martin Luther.

Nigeria's kingdom, created by British colonialists as a safe domain for oil siphoning and racketeering has come to the fore and now is the time to take the bull by the horn. We never assented to one Nigeria in 1914, nor are we doing so now, hence we are right and ripe to demand for our long overdue freedom. The time has come to demand for our Biafra.

Many of our brethren were slain in cold blood but just like Luther resisted the Catholic Church, America resisted the British to gain freedom, we refuse to be slaves. The songs of freedom must continually be on the fore and must never leave our lips. Biafran musicians, writers, printers, etc, must convey the messages far and wide. Our only politics must be the demand for freedom. We must abandon the lying and subjugative political machinations which has long held us captive and left us in abject penury and pain.

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Nigeria, may exist peacefully, if she allows all of Biafra a peaceful exit. Our exodus is imminent. Pharaoh perished when he wouldn’t let the Israelites go, his chariots were not spared, nor his soldiers, Nigeria must be warned. The alliance between the British government and Nigeria can continue without Biafra.

We must continue with civil disobedience as a very potent tool in this campaign of emancipation and which particularly must be a complete boycott of the fraudulent electoral processes. The emancipation of Biafra is a divine mandate and must summarily be achieved. Biafrans, it is time to take back our freedom. We must never relent, until the sun rises fully from the land once again.

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Thursday, 15 November 2018

Biafra: Absence of FG’s witnesses stalls trial of Kanu’s co-defendants

...Defendants can continue to enjoy their bail but our witnesses must be protected – Judge says; expresses satisfaction over appearance of defendants

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue, Chief Editor and Chikwas Onu Ikpe | The Biafra Times

November 15, 2018

ABUJA— An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court Wednesday, adjourned hearing till March 26, 2019 on the suit filed against co-defendants to leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, following the absence of the prosecution witnesses in court.

Trial Justice Binta Nyako made the ruling following a request by the Federal Government’s counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, to adjourn hearing on the matter due to the failure of his witnesses to appear before the court.

Labaran, while moving a motion for adjournment, informed the court that one of the prime witnesses was away for an official assignment hence, not available for yesterday’s proceedings.

But the lead counsel to the defendants, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, opposed the oral application for an adjournment on grounds of a pending application challenging the competence of the charges slandered against the defendants.

According to him, “My Lord, we have a pending application challenging the competence of the charge before filed on 27th March last year.

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“We’re urging My Lord, to hear this application by virtue of Section 3(c) of the Federal High Court practice direction but the prosecution is yet to file a response and I don’t think they intend to respond to this application.”

In reaction to Ejiofor’s objection, the prosecuting counsel, Labaran, told the court that they have not been served with the copy of the application, adding that the adjournment he was seeking was for just a day.

“My Lord, we’re not served. If they give us a copy, we’ll look at it. If it merits our response, we’ll do that immediately but we’re not served,” he stated.

Labaran added, “My Lord, I have two other of my witnesses in court. In view of the witnesses’ protection, which has already been granted by this Honourable court.

“The point I need to make is that two of my witnesses are in court but my next witness is not in court today and the sequence of my case does not suggest me jumping the line of my presentation of evidence and in the light of that, I didn’t ask for any long adjournment and that is to exhibit the seriousness the prosecution has attached to this case.

“My witness in question travelled for an official trip and he landed this afternoon. I know today’s already gone and I impressed on him to be in court tomorrow.”

Meanwhile, lawyer to the second defendant, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Mr I. Efere, while reacting to the application for an adjournment, demanded the court to award the sum of N500,000 against the FG for expenses incurred while attending the court.

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According to the lawyer, “It has passed three months when this court gave us this date. They were all aware that today is the continuation of the trial and then they walked into this court on akimbo to tell this court that their witness is not in court without cogent reasons.

“My Lord, I hereby apply for costs. I have my client who is coming from Enugu. He flew in and it must have cost him a lot of money and time. I want the court, in the interest of justice, to look into our consideration.”

When the judge asked him how much he want, the lawyer replied, “I’m not very cheap. I’m asking for five hundred thousand naira. I supposed to have travelled out but I had to re-adjust. I pray the indulgence of this court to consider the issues of cost, including wasted costs on lawyers, so that we can come to court and have a day in court rather than just coming here and asking for adjournment over frivolous reasons.”

Also, in his reaction, lawyer to the third defendant, Benjamin Madubugwu, Mr P.A.N Ejiofor asked court to foreclose the prosecution’s application for an adjournment.

According to him, “there must be a cogent reason to suggest an adjournment. This matter came up last on June 25, 2018 and the prosecution has more than one witness and he’s telling us ‘one witness is not available’. What about the others? He should have at least selected one from the rank of all the witnesses.

“So, My Lord, under that circumstance, we urge this court to foreclose them so that we can thrive upon the evidence that is available already and if that is done, we may not even need to move our motion that is pending.”

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Counsel to the fourth defendant, David Nwawuisi, Mr Maxwell Okpara, also, in his reaction, aligned himself with the submissions of the third defendant.

“Yes, My Lord, I just aligned myself to the resolution of my learned friend; considering the fact that the prosecution has succeeded in embarrassing my client. He lost his marriage, he lost his job and he just started life afresh,” Okpara asserted.

The court after hearing the arguments, adjourned the trial in favour of the prosecution, while also allowing the defendants to continue to enjoy their bail as she expressed satisfaction for their presence in court.

“On a very serious note, I’m going to grant the adjournment because we need to get our witnesses’ protection. The ones we have here are a bit faulty. We need to get them in order. We have several cases that needs witness protection. So I’m going to allow the gentlemen(defendants) to continue with their bail. I’m very impressed they were in time. I saw them when they came,” the judge concluded.

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Biafra: Court orders provisional forfeiture of Abaribe, others’ bail bonds over failure to produce Nnamdi Kanu

•Produce my Nnamdi Kanu to court – judge tells sureties, threatens to issue bench warrants
•Abaribe on oversight function – Lawyer
•It has become impossible to produce Kanu – 2nd Surety; I don’t care, judge replies

By Chukwuemeka Chimerue, Chief Editor and Chikwas Onu Ikpe | The Biafra Times

November 15, 2018

ABUJA - The Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, on Wednesday, ordered for the payment and forfeiture of one hundred million naira into its account by each of the sureties to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, pending when they produce him in court.

Justice Binta Nyako while responding to an objection raised by Mr Chukwuma Umeh, counsel to the first surety, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe on the motion by the Prosecution for them to show cause while their bail bonds should not be forfeited, granted them a space of two months to pay the sum into the court’s account and six months to find and produce Kanu in court.

According to the judge, “The business of the court today (yesterday) is for the sureties to show cause why they should not forfeit their bail bonds. So, I’m particularly not interested in whatever that’s unconnected to that. I’m interested in what Mr. Umeh and other counsel representing the three sureties has to say.

“I’m going to make an order for the forfeiture of the bail bonds, and I’m still going to give them time to bring it but the bail bonds stand forfeited in the interim. It is going to be paid to the court.

Biafra: Court Resumes Hearing On Suit Against Kanu, Co-defendants

“The court hereby orders that the sureties in the interim should deposit the bail bonds in court in the space of two months and it shall remain in court for only 6 months for them to produce my Nnamdi Kanu in court from wherever he is.”

Earlier while explaining reasons for the absence of Sen. Abaribe, his lawyer, Mr. Chukwuma Umeh had told the court that he was out on an oversight function with a committee.

“My Lordship, my client ought to be here but unfortunately he is on a national assignment. He is on an oversight function with others and he’s not here,” Umeh informed the court.

But in a swift response, the presiding judge threatened to order for Abaribe’s arrest for failing to appear in court to show cause.

“Your clients were ordered to show cause, why are they not in court? So, he has gone for an oversight function. I’m not interested in what he’s doing, I’m only interested in his involvement in the case before me.

“Mr Umeh’s client decided to go for an oversight function which is more important to him. His oversight function is in a committee, so his one person absence is not going to affect the committee from working. He has a summon from the court which he thinks should await his oversight functions.

“I’m going to make an order for his arrest; a bench warrant against him. That is what am going to do, and I’m also making an order that all the sureties should pay the bail bonds into the court and I’m going to give you a time frame to pay it, while the court is going to go after the arrest,” she fumed.

Also, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor, lawyer to the 3rd surety, Immanu-El Shalom Oka-Ben Madu, while stating reasons on his client’s absence said, “My Lord, my client is seriously ill and it just came to my notice two days ago.”

But in her response, Justice Nyako asked, “why did you not file an affidavit to that effect? What you’re talking about is not before me, I’m only interested in what you filed before me.”

In her general response to the sureties’ counsels, the presiding judge said, “The suretyship of the defendant is between the court and the sureties; it has nothing to do with the Prosecution nor the counsel. The sureties have undertaken before the court that any day the court wants the defendant, they’ll produce him.

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“They’ve failed to produce him, the reason the defendant’s counsel filed a motion that he is with the Army. I heard the case, I disposed of it and you’ve not shown me that he’s with the Army. And because I’ve found out that he’s not with the Army, I come back to the sureties to produce him for whatever reasons.

“Irrespective of what you’re telling me, you’ve not complied with the court order. Produce him, you’ve failed to do so. The alternative is to forfeit your bail bonds, you don’t have an argument to give.”

Similarly, in his submission, Mr Frank Chude, lawyer to the 2nd surety, Tochukwu Uchendu, admitted in court that it has become ‘impossible’ to produce the IPOB leader following events that led to his disappearance but the judge simply countered his statement by saying, “it’s not my business, just produce my Nnamdi Kanu.”

While stating reasons for the inability of the sureties to produce Kanu in court, Mr Umeh, told the court that it was speculated that the IPOB leader was spotted in Israel, adding that they had written the Nigerian Ambassador in Israel, demanding to know if he was the same with the one standing for trial.

According to him, “There’s a saying that has it that an Nnamdi Kanu was found in Israel. Your Lordship, even the processes before you now are alluding to that and your learned brother has made an order on the basis of that so-called appearance but then, in order to make sure that you’re not being misled, we’ve written a letter to the Nigerian ambassador in Israel to find out if the Nnamdi Kanu said to be there is the same Nnamdi Kanu we’re talking about in this matter.”

In her swift reaction to this, Binta Nyako said, “That does not concern me. I’m not interested. You know I’ve severed the proceedings. If at the end of the day, you cannot produce my own Nnamdi Kanu. Those sureties that took my Nnamdi Kanu and have not being able to produce my Nnamdi Kanu for me are in trouble. They’re going to forfeit their bail bonds.

“I’m not interested in your reasons. You made an undertaking before me that you will produce him whenever I want. You have lost him for me.”

Umeh asked, “If at all the sureties have taken him on bail and he goes out there and was shot dead, could we have brought his dead body to you?

And the judge answered, “Yes! The sureties should have come here and say ‘This is the man you asked us to keep and they have killed him for us.

“If you say my Nnamdi Kanu is in Israel or in Saudi Arabia, it doesn’t matter because these sureties made an undertaking and part of the conditions is that he won’t move out of this country.

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“I had an Nnamdi Kanu. I took him in custody. He applied that I should let him go outside my custody. You see, under my custody, I could produce him whenever I wanted him. I knew where he was, I knew where he slept, and what he ate. He applied and said, ‘please let me go, I’ll always come whenever you want me. And these three gentlemen that you said are men of impeccable character have agreed to vouch for him, that whenever I want him, they should bring him to court. That’s the issue at hand. All these extraneous issues you’re trying to bring in order to confuse yourselves, I’m not confused. You’re showing me where Nnamdi Kanu is but it is not for me to bring him, it is for your client to bring him.”

Abaribe’s lawyer, Umeh, also pleaded with the court to rescind its decision to issue bench warrant against his client and it was reversed.

According to Umeh, “Your Lordship made an order that one of the sureties must be a senator, and a senator has a small duty he does for his nation. However, if he didn’t come to sign a surety, there would have been a clog. Maybe the gentleman should have remained in prison.

“So, he has served well by being a surety; not many could have volunteered to do it. Therefore, for the fact that he did it, he (Nnamdi Kanu) has to be bailed by the court. Bailing is a constitutional right, and if there’s no surety, there can be no bail system.”

The trial judge in reaction to this said, “I’ve heard you and Mr. Ejimakor, his client is sick. No bench warrant will be issued to them. However, the important thing is that I’ve made an order for you to produce your ‘surety’ or you forfeit your bail bond.”

The court thereafter adjourned hearing on the suit till March 28, 2019, for continuation.

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