Tuesday 04 October, 2016
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS/CEDEAO) a regional group of 15 West African States, set up to foster peace and economic integration in the region, will on 5th October 2016 hear Nnamdi Kanu's (the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB) case at its court of Justice.
ECOWAS was created in 1975 to replace the Customs Union of West African States originally created in 1959 to redistribute customs duties collected by the coastal states of West Africa.
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To this end, the Nigerian government under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari knows too well that there will be no room for bribery and intimidation at the Community Court of Justice. The Court is composed of seven judges appointed by the Authority of Heads of State and Government from a list of up to two persons nominated by each Member State; hence, successfully influencing judgment is almost impossible.
Earlier today, it was reported that Sambo Dasuki who like Kanu that was being extra-judicially held by Buhari, was declared released and a fine of N15m slammed on the tyrannical govt of Nigeria led by Buhari. This action by the noble court has aroused confusion in Aso Rock, as they are set to face Ecowas court with respect to Kanu's case also.
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John Tsoho, the judge that presided over Nnamdi Kanu's case from 25th January 2016 till 26th September 2016, has dragged the Nigerian judiciary to the mud, but ECOWAS is set to correct those anomalies. Buhari should bear in mind that ECOWAS Court has set a standard that cannot be easily manipulated. The community Court of Justice has lived up to its mission and vision. Nnamdi Kanu's case will once again prove to the world that ECOWAS court is determined to forestall any event of human crisis in the region.
ECOWAS court of Justice has made it clear that the guide to be applied by the Court under its original protocol, would include not only general principles of international law, but also those in relation to human rights. Just like it intervened and brought peace back to Liberia and Sierra Leon, her legal approach to Nnamdi Kanu's case is about to restore peace and uphold the rule of law in Nigeria.
Buhari is already frustrated with this brilliant move of Kanu's defence team. It is clear to him that his efforts to stop Nnamdi Kanu and further frustrate the restoration of Biafra is counter productive.
It is certain that ECOWAS' intervention in Nnamdi Kanu's case will bring to an end, Muhammad Buhari's autocratic and dictatorial influence on domestic judges.
By Ejike Ofoegbu
Edited By Chinedu Ewulu
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers