24 December, 2016
A secret trial is one that is not open to the public, nor generally reported in the news. It was usually employed to suppress political dissent or eliminate perceived enemies of the regime and those who oppose or spoke against the evil and injustice in the land meted to the voiceless citizens.
Secret trials have been one of the characteristics of almost every dictatorship of the modern era, both even in the regime of Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria that claims to be practising democracy.
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, have observed with total dismay, the recent militaristic and undemocratic ruling of hired judges by President Muhammadu Buhari with Justice Binta Murtala Nyako, of the Federal High Court leading the denial of bail and right to an open and public trial of the leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu and three other accused.
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Justice Binta ruled on December 13th 2016, that masked witnesses will testify against Nnamdi Kanu with their identities withheld from the public, and the public/media are banned from being present in court to report the subsequent court trial of Kanu and others.
The unprecedented secrecy has been imposed on the proceedings after all efforts persuaded by Buhari through his DSS to make Nnamdi Kanu denounce Biafra agitation was futile. The prosecution counsel obtained legal orders to withhold the real names and faces of the secret witnesses and allow the trial to take place in private on the baseless assertion that their lives are been threatened.
The Nigerian 1999 constitution place emphasis on the principle of open justice, it futher goes on to state that the equally important principle of fairness and natural justice stipulates that a citizen accused by the State in the open of engaging in any crime whatsoever, must also be tried in the open.
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IPOB is telling the Nigerian Bar Association and the judiciary, "This case of Nnamdi Kanu is a test of the court's commitment to that constitutional principle".
No order has ever been made which requires an entire criminal trial to be in private or secret with media blackout in Nigeria. Take for example, the ex-governor of Adamawa State Murtala Nyako, husband to Justice Binta was guilty of fraud and economic crimes by the EFCC, but he was never tried in the secret. Kanu’s only crime was agitating for the self-determination of Biafra without weapons, which Nigeria is a signatory to in the UN charter, and is now being subjected to a secret trial. What nonsense!
IPOB submit that the orders made involve such a significant departure from the principle of open justice and that has shown that they are inconsistent with the rule of law and democratic accountability. National security should not be pursued without regards to the values of the society it was seeking to protect.
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There is a saying that a person whose house is on fire does not chase rats. It amounts to high level of foolishness, and in depth stupidity that Igbo elites who should be championing the emancipation of her people are running amok, while waiting for the arrival of the dictator-in-chief cum President of Nigeria, Hitler Muhammadu Buhari in Enugu, the man responsible for the genocide of over 3.5 million Biafran men and women including innocent children in the year 1967-1970. Buhari whose genocidal dispositions did not end after the civil war, continued the senseless and extrajudicial killings of peaceful Biafra protesters on several occasions for demanding the release of Nnamdi Kanu who was illegally arrested and detained by the DSS at his behest.
Muhammadu Buhari said, " i will kill more Biafrans again if need be to keep Nigeria one", how wonderfully well he has been doing that. The same man kept Nnamdi Kanu incarcerated since 14th of October, 2015, despite several court orders to release him both conditionally and unconditionally, but no single Igbo elite could challenge hime for disobeying those orders . Tyrant Buhari ordered the killing of Biafrans in their homes and farms using Fulani herdsmen as disguise, and instead of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the supposed Chief security Officer of the state to curb the menace, rather journeyed to Aso Rock to wine and dine with the killer of his electorate, how palatable!
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With all these heap of unforgivable atrocities committed by African Hitler Buhari, he still had the effrontery to conjure the thought of stepping his feet in Enugu Biafraland? Well he was sensible enough to rescind such decision which would have been tantamount to committing suicide as Biafrans from all over the provinces of Biafraland besieged the state capital in wait and ready to die with him at the command of Nnamdi Kanu. Woe betide those Igbo elites who had the courage to think of hosting a killer of Biafrans in Enugu, their stupidity is now proclaimed second to none.
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Gone are the days when these thieves who assume power and parade themselves as Igbo leaders would dictate what goes on in Biafraland. So therefore, the Indigenous People of Biafra under one central command and leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will continue to oppose such evil; it was gathered yesterday that Buhari is planning to come in may 2017, we say to him again "get ready to die with us if you step your feet in Biafraland."
Buhari have been warned enough, it is left for us to find out if his ear problem still persists. Igbo political harlot/elites are also warned and advised to retrace their wayward steps; Biafraland is for all Biafrans, therefore any decision on happenings in Biafra ought to be taken by all and not by some mischievous and compromised groups that called themselves Igbo elites, those who have sold their conscience to the devil in exchange for the continued subjugation of Biafrans by Buhari and her other enemies.
A stitch in time saves nine.....you have all been warned!
By Anyikwa Kekechi Cynthia
Edited And Published by Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers