Wednesday 28 September, 2016
It was a ridicule to the Nigerian judiciary as Justice John Tsoho unwillingly disqualified himself off the case of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, after being engaged in a heated oral and intellectual bombardment from the learned defence team of Kanu, who stated that the right of their Client was paramount, hence their Client did not have confidence in his ruling. On this premise, Kanu's defence team further expressed that they desire and should be allowed to be tried by another competent jurisdiction.
The efforts made by Tsoho and Muhammadu Buhari, the President of Nigeria, to deny Nnamdi Kanu bail was futile as Tsoho jittered out of the case on 26 September 2016, owing to the petition filed against him at the National Judicial Council (NJC).
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Tsoho was accused of bias in the conduct of trial including refusing Nnamdi Kanu bail, accepting bribe from Buhari to convict Mr. Kanu and approving that masked witnesses testify against Kanu..., these and more are facts tabled before the NJC against Tsoho. With these, Tsoho lost every confidence to continue with Kanu's case; as a common saying will have it "justice is rooted in confidence."
The case of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB, which has been withdrawn from Tsoho's court, to be assigned to a new Judge, will take a new face as John Tsoho has suffered a heavy blow on his integrity and reputation. The Judge is expected to learn from Tsoho's short comings, abuse of judicial process and contempt of court -to be more ethical and professional in practice.
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What happened to Tsoho should sound as a lesson to any Judge that would be assigned to take up the mantle of presiding over the case of Nnamdi Kanu. He is mandated to show his competency, he is duty-bound to handle the case based on facts and evidence not on sentiment. He is advised to be cautious and study the case file of Nnamdi Kanu and what transpired in the previous proceedings.
He should be noted that the leader of IPOB have been discharged and acquitted unconditionally by two jurisprudencs. He is advised by IPOB to be painstaking, never to be biased in his rulings like Tsoho, otherwise what happened to Judge Tsoho will resurface. What IPOB and Nnamdi Kanu seek is "justice" and it must prevail.
The success IPOB recorded on the 26th September, 2016 should send a signal to the Nigerian state that IPOB cannot succumb to mere threats, neither will Nnamdi Kanu continue to suffer in detention for crime he didn't commit. Just like justice prevailed when arrested innocent armless Biafra protesters were released on the command of Attorney General, the same justice must prevail over the case of Nnamdi Kanu.
By Anyikwa Kelechi Cynthia
Edited By Uche Nwosu
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers