Thursday 30th June, 2016.
UMUAHIA---The case of 20 Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) brethren arrested on the 9th of February, 2016 while praying for the release of Nnamdi Kanu at National High School Aba, was again called up for hearing at the Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia state on 23rd June 2016.
This was even amidst claims by the Apex Igbo Sociocultural group; Ohanaeze Ndigbo while appealing to Niger Delta Avengers not to attack Abia state Governor’s convoy saying that no IPOB members are been held in detention in Abia state.
The NDA had earlier threatened to attack some state governors’ convoy in Southeast and South-South regions should they fail to order for the unconditional release of Biafra agitators arrested on and before 30th Heroes’ Remembrance Day.
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The 20 accused persons has been remanded in a prison facility in Umuahia since their arrest on 9th February and has been long denied bail.
On the arrival of Chijindu Benjamin Ukah of Biafra writers, the Judge presiding over the case; Evelyn Anyadike was already seated and dishing out judgment in another case billed on that same day.
Seated also was Barrister Ken Nwankwo, the defence counsel for the 20 accused Indigenous People of Biafra, Abia State. But yet again, the prosecuting counsel for the federal government was absent.
The case of the 20 accused was then called up at about 11:47am. The judge Evelyn Anyadike, after reading out the content of the case file, which includes the appeal of the defence team calling for the release of the unjustly held prisoners, pronounced the dismissal of the case following her resignation from presiding over the case.
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Barrister Ken Nwankwo representing the 20 accused immediately after her pronouncement, sprang up angrily and demanded the basis for the dismissal of the case. She aggressively responded without giving reaaons behind her action, that the lawyer is fond of challenging her judgement. Below are the names of the accused:
Ani Chimezie and
Judge Evelyn Anyadike dismissed the case instead of giving out an appropriate judgment, even after reading out that the IPOB members were remanded in prison custody without any charges levelled against them by the federal government.
It is also noteworthy to state here that for the three times the case was heard in court, no representative of the federal government, neither was there a prosecuting team nor lawyer, nor police.
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It was also observed that the members of the Nigerian police occupied the roads leading to the court premises; from BCA junction to the court, and the court premises was besieged by the police with their empty Hilux vans, probably to arrest more IPOB members.
However, investigation has shown that there was an order from above to keep detaining all members of IPOB still in custody and arrest anyone who challenges the order.
Therefore we must continue to let dictator Muhammadu Buhari and his government to know that neither arrest, incarceration nor killings will stop us from fighting for the restoration of Biafra.
Reporting From Umuahia, Abia State,
Chijindu Benjamin Ukah.
For Biafra Writers.