February 18, 2017
The Community Court of Justice, Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, instituted to uphold law and order, and administer justice in West Africa, has evidently bowed to the pressure of corruption that has been eating up Africa like a cankerworm. The Community Court which is supposed to be independent and free from external influence has lost track on the vision and mission that necessitated her existence.
Recent events have validated the above claim but the case of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, utterly exposed the decayed system of the Community Court.
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Following the way and manner the Community Court ventured into Nnamdi Kanu's case, the passion of the judges to deliver justice and the dynamism of the court proceedings, one would have thought that Africa has found her path to lawfulness and justice; but no, it was rather an invitation for Africa's most corrupt country, Nigeria, to inject her venom of corruption and frustrate the rule of law.
It was just after the first two court sittings, the Community Court was reduced to the Nigerian local court, we began to see deliberate adjournment of the case and a committed effort to unlawfully keep Nnamdi Kanu in detention despite a court order by the Magistrate court at Abuja on 19th October 2015 to release him on bail and another order from Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court Abuja on 17th December 2015 to release him unconditionally.
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Of no ambiguity, ECOWAS' choice of President Muhammadu Buhari, a Tyrant and Jihadist, as the chief negotiator on the recent passed Gambian election, was another clear proof that Africa's hope of redemption is far from reality. Muhammadu Buhari, a despot of the first order, who has successfully removed a democratically elected government in Nigeria, incited killings in many of his failed electoral campaigns, an advocate of religious intolerance and being twice as guilty as the former President of Gambia, stands no ground to mediate in such matters.
Recall that on May 2015, Nnamdi Kanu's legal team led by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, petitioned the Nigerian government at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice for Nigeria's disobedience to court orders, their constant change of charges and deliberate efforts to delay trial.
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To this end, the Indigenous People Of Biafra wish to inform the entire globe that all our efforts to seek for a legal and more convenient way to secure Kanu's release has been frustrated, not only by the Nigerian government, but also by the West African judicial body.
This is also a call on the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Communities at large, to call the Nigerian government to order and avert a more cruel 'Allepo' experience which is about to befall West Africa.
As March 7, 2017 approaches, we urge the Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, to administer justice on Nnamdi Kanu's case and calm the tension that his unlawful incarceration has created.
By Ejike Ofoegbu
Edited by Somuadila Ugwummadu
Published By Nwosu C.S
For Biafra Writers.