April 12, 2017
Secret trial is a method adopted by dictators of the modern era like President Muhammadu Buhari against those they picture as enemies to their government. A situation where the press and the public are shielded from observing and reporting the proceedings of the court. For the sake of principles of open justice that propels fairness, there is every need that Justice Binta Nyako withdraw shield witnesses against Nnamdi Kanu and other three accused persons.
Invoking Sharia law against a non-Muslim facing trial in a common law court of competent jurisdiction, more so, in a secular country like Nigeria is not only laughable, preposterous and idiotic but also a mockery to civilized people's constitution. We are not ignorant of the fact that justice is far-fetched in Nigeria. It is also evident that the Nigerian judiciary has been hijacked by the executive arm of government headed by Muhammadu Buhari. It is even more awry when the House of Representatives and the Senate, who instead of teaming up to get rid of these evil, watch sheepishly while justice gets murdered; innocent people become victims of circumstances and suffers immeasurably. Binta Nyako is Buhari's stooge.
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It is pertinent to note that Justice Binta cannot rule against the wish of Muhammadu Buhari, it is as good as saying that Buhari is the judge in his own case. However, Binta must not apply secret trial in Kanu's case, she should cast that stone on his criminal husband and son; arrested by the EFCC after found guilty of economic crimes, not on innocent Nnamdi Kanu who was kidnapped and accused openly by operatives of State Security Service, DSS. We therefore maintain that every trial bordering on Kanu’s remaining five count charges must be conducted in the open.
Buhari's imported witnesses from Ghana to give testimony against Nnamdi Kanu in court must follow due process, they should like every other normal person give their fake concocted testimonies openly in court at the hearing of the public and press, not behind the screen or mask. IPOB jointly say "No to secret trial." Nnamdi Kanu; a prisoner of conscience, will never be tried in secret or under Islamic Sharia law, hence the previous court orders to release him unconditionally, made by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Federal High Court Abuja, flouted by Buhari and his DSS must be obeyed.
The proposed secret trial charade is null and void. Citizen Nnamdi Kanu is a freedom fighter just like late Nelson Mandela of South Africa who was detained for years but was never tried secretly therein. Alex Selmon of Scotland; a freedom fighter who led the Scottish secession in agitation for the independence and self-determination of the Scottish people. Alex just like Nelson Madala and other great freedom fighters was never tried in secret under a Sharia law. In that same bid, IPOB reiterate that hence these activists and other freedom fighters not mentioned in this article were never tried secretly in court, its leader Nnamdi Kanu cannot be subjected to Binta’s hogwash secret trial other than open trial QED.
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By the way, was Murtala Nyako, ex-governor of Adamawa state, tried in secret? Was Obafemi Awolowo arraigned on treason charges tried in secret? Has Muhammadu Buhari who committed high treason ever been arrested, much more tried in secret? Since these evil doers, looters, criminals and genocidists were never subjected to secret trial, innocent Nnamdi Kanu cannot be cowed into accepting it.
Written By Anyikwa Kelechi Cynthia
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Published By Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
For Biafra Writers