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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Biafra: IPOB lambasts Okezie Ikpeazu and his imaginary group, accuses DSS of false propaganda



IPOB PRESS STATEMENT

THE BIAFRA TIMES | 22 February 2018

● Fake IPOB 'leader' Okwudili doesn't exist, except on DSS imagination, computer hard drive and gossip columns

We the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) view as laughable the latest attempt by the Nigerian secret police DSS to rescue one of  their sinking Igbo slave in the person of Okezie Ikpeazu by seeking to deflect attention with the concocted, faceless, non-existent 'Okwudili' they claim is heading a 'faction' of IPOB. Hausa Fulani Arewa North and their slaves in Igboland, of which Okezie Ikpeazu and Nnia Nwodo are most prominent, even more than Rochas Okorocha, are misguided into thinking the great global IPOB family can be fooled by such kindergarten tactics of planting names in the public domain and claiming the person is IPOB leader.

DSS as a spy agency should work harder at infiltrating IPOB because all their efforts so far have failed miserably and will continue to fail because we are the most disciplined mass movement anywhere on this earth today. Parading what is in effect a ghost as fake IPOB 'leader' to give the impression that IPOB is divided is a wretched joke long anticipated by the highest command of IPOB four years back and something we knew would happen, so we are prepared for it. Therefore it did not come to us as a surprise when this morning DSS hurriedly issued their usual 'Okwudili' press statement to the media to limit the fatal blow IPOB dealt Okezie Ikpeazu by simply stating the truth through our press statement yesterday that countered the lies he was spewing. The public must understand the tricks and propaganda strategy of DSS. Any time this APC regime is in trouble with their image, they fabricate false high propaganda value news and blackmail, cajole or bribe media houses to carry it so public attention will be deflected from the real issue/s. Remember the timing of the release of Chibok girls in 2017. Is it not a coincidence that this DSS generated press statement, attributed to a faceless nonentity they named 'Okwudili' claiming he is IPOB leader, came out on the day Amnesty International published their report confirming that at least 12 people were shot dead at the home of our leader on Afaraukwu Umuahia on 14 September 2017? That is the extent this deceptive Buhari regime is prepared to go to confuse the weak and gullible. Okezie Ikpeazu in less than 3 years in office, supervised five well-known massacres of innocent men, women, and children in Abia State, from which he will never escape justice, for he will be punished severely at the appropriate time.

We knew Okezie Ikpeazu's Hausa Fulani masters will come to his rescue and today they have done exactly that by using our hallowed name to seek to exonerate him. This move is too little,  too late for them. Anybody who is remotely interested in knowing how ridiculous these whole fabrications are should remember similar attempts in the past by DSS to give the impression that IPOB is divided which came to nothing. This present Nigerian government in the past have floated RE-IPOB, TRIPOB, CG-IPOB and many more on the pages of newspapers, in the hope of attracting money hungry Igbo traitors to destabilize IPOB and betray Biafra but all their efforts failed. They floated a radio station in the US called Radio Biafra International which failed to take-off till date, that attempt to replicate the world famous Radio Biafra was what caused IPOB to launch Radio Nigeria Hausa Service. Okezie Ikpeazu, Nnia Nwodo and other traitors must know that lies and deception can never help their cause of exchanging our blood for money and political relevance in Nigeria.

The same way Buhari doesn't exist in Aso Rock is how there is no 'Okwudili' leading IPOB. If this fake person does exist, how come there is no picture of him anywhere, he doesn't address any gathering, he has no village, no parents, nothing. He is a mirage, a figment of the imagination of DSS and corrupt Igbo leadership. 'Okwudili' we know for sure exist in DSS computer hard drives and no place else. From there they move him to the pages of newspapers for a few hours and the name vanishes. Anybody who allows him or herself to be deceived by this childish antic from DSS might as well believe Jubril at Aso Rock today is Buhari or that Naira notes is the main diet of snakes and monkeys.

IPOB is one indivisible family under God. No man born of a woman is capable of dividing IPOB. If you claim you are Mazi Nnamdi Kanu's replacement, please come out let's see you, after that then come down to Biafraland and address us.

EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

THE BIAFRA TIMES 2018
PUBLISHER: CHARLES OPANWA
CONTACT US: [email protected]

Biafra: Why Our Representatives At The National Assembly Won't Talk About Our Freedom And Independence



February 22, 2018

By Chidiebere Eberechi Kalu | Biafra Writers

Nigeria is a fraudulent country and so is its political class. There is nothing good about Nigeria except the fact that they have the mastery of practicing corruption. Nigerian politicians are ready to go extra miles in pursuit of monetary wealth including selling their birthright.

The Nigerian government claims to be involved in democratic governance but her actions and conducts goes in contrary to this claim. The government only pleases itself even if it means going against its own constitutional provisions while the general masses that voted them into office, suffer their dint of incompetence, corruption, and hardship in the country.

The truth is that most of these politicians occupying public offices are only there for their selfish interests. This also includes the activities of the senators and their counterparts at the House of Representatives. Our regional representatives at the National Assembly do not care about the people they claim to be representing. Some of them feel they have no business with their constituents and then neglect them entirely until when it's time for another round of elections. That would be the only period they return home to canvas for votes.

READ ALSO: Biafra: A Dramatic Twist In Kanu’s Trial, What Follows Next?

Youths in Nigeria who ought to be the leaders of tomorrow are used as political thugs and dumped to continue suffering immediately after the election while the political actors are only after their ambition, interests and that of their family members whom they occasionally fly abroad to acquire good education and medical care.

These senators and house of rep members do not want the status quo challenged. They would not mind keeping the people in penury and suffering while they continue benefitting from the ills of the society.

According to Professor Itse Sagay, the chairman presidential advisory committee on corruption, Nigerian senators earns not less than twenty nine million naira monthly, three billion naira annually, including allowances to everything they do such as newspaper allowance, wardrobe allowance, acomodation allowance, furniture allowance, vehicle allowance, etc, while thousands of unemployed youths who are also graduates that served the country are languishing in penury and hardship while Nigeria is reputed to be one of the richest countries of the world.

READ ALSO: Biafra: Okezie Ikpeazu, the Traitor and His Assassination Plot Against Nnamdi Kanu

Since we have got nobody to speak for us and our future not guaranteed in Nigeria, we are here to speak for ourselves, saying that all we want is the total restoration of the Biafran nation. There is no hopr for us in the British contraption called Nigeria.


The Biafra Times 2018
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Biafra: A Dramatic Twist In Kanu’s Trial, What Follows Next?












By Chukwuemeka Chimerue, Chief Editor, The Biafra Times

February 22, 2018

It has really been a very dramatic twist in the continued trial of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu at a Federal High Court, sitting in Abuja, following the severance of his trial from the rest of other three defendants charged alongside with him.

What this 'severance' (which was not objected by the parties involved) means in essence, was that the IPOB leader’s trial has been effectively put on hold until issues surrounding his whereabouts since September last year after the military invasion, are being resolved.

Albeit the court has summoned Kanu’s three sureties to appear before it on March 28, 2018 to “personally explain why Kanu has been absent from court, and for purpose of any applications in that regard,” the matter still revolves round trying to fathom his whereabouts without which his trial cannot proceed.

In an interview with The Biafra Times Correspondent shortly after Tuesday’s proceedings, lawyer to the IPOB leader, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, stated that “the sureties will come to court and say that the person we took on bail, look at what happened to him. They have the facts, evidence, the video clips of what transpired in his(Kanu’s) house. So, they would come to inform the court formally.

Read Also: KANU: NIGERIA GOVT. INTIMIDATES ENYINNAYA ABARIBE INTO ASKING FOR ADJOURNMENT OF KANU'S CASE

“And they filed several applications before the court, possessing the documents to show that Nnamdi Kanu’s premises was invaded and he was taken away by the military. We have an incontrovertible fact and evidence to that effect.”

He further noted that he told the court that despite the fact that his client was enjoying the bail as granted by the court, the federal government invaded his house, killing scores of people and took him away, hence they are at best position to provide him, noting that his client was ever ready to stand for trial before the unholy invasion by operatives of the Nigerian military.

Having made that clear, it now behooves on the integrity of the court to carefully x-ray those detailed information(s) at its disposal, provided by counsels to the sureties in determining the fate and status of Nnamdi Kanu in the trial.

The presiding judge, Binta Nyako, would definitely going to find it a herculean task in trying to determine the whereabouts of the IPOB leader, since the miliary whose men invaded his compound and allegedly took him out of circulation, is still in the business of denial as to what became of their victim.

It is most likely that the judge not seeing Nnamdi Kanu for a long time, would have to keep his trial pending until when he is sighted again. But whether Kanu’s trial would be called-off temporary or permanently, is left to be seen.

Read Also: Biafra: Court separates Kanu’s trial from co-defendants, fixes March 28 for sureties’ presentation

Meanwhile, in another related development, lawyer to another Biafra detainee, Bright Chimezie, has decried the inability of the court to properly and officially arraign his client before it which was brought about by the inability of the Department of State Services, DSS, to move the motion for the amended charge which they dumped in court since June last year.

According to the lawyer, Chukwudi Igwe, who informed that his client has a subsisting bail granted him by a Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the DSS vehemently refused to obey that order but rather joined him in Kanu’s suit in Abuja High Court, on amended charges which has not been mentioned in court.

“We reminded the court that about 7 months ago, we wrote to remind it that our client has been in the custody of the DSS for a very long time. We filed a motion for his bail at the Federal High Court, Uyo which granted that request.

“The court mandated the DSS to release my client immediately but that they did not do, so we came to this court. I told this court that it has a copy of the amended charge which has been served on my client and dumped before the court.

“The prosecution refused to present or move the application for the amended charge, so that my client can formally come in. That, they also refused to do. We told the court that if they do not want to move the application for the amendment of the charge which has already been filed before the court, should be struck out of the court so that we can enforce the judgment delivered in favour of my client in Uyo Federal High Court,” he said.

Read Also: Biafra: Okezie Ikpeazu, the Traitor and His Assassination Plot Against Nnamdi Kanu

Although the court has stated that excluding Kanu from other defendants would give chance for Bright Chimezie, arrested sometime in 2016, to now join the suit, adding that if on the next adjourned date, which is March 20, the prosecution fails to move the application, the matter involving the Biafra activist, would be struck out.


The Biafra Times
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
Contact us: [email protected]

Biafra: BBC Igbo Service, A Greek Gift From The British
















By Akubumma Princewill || For Biafra Writers

February 22, 2018

The origin of the Greek gift otherwise known as the "Trojan horse" is a legendary event that took place during the Trojan war. During this period, the Greeks sought for an access route to the city of Troy and they came up with a trick. The Greeks, therefore, pretended to have abandoned the war and left the Trojan horse behind at the entrance of the city of Troy which appears to the inhabitants of Troy to have been an offering for their gods by the Greeks.

The Trojan horse itself was actually a trap loaded with arms and brave Greek soldiers; it was massively built to accomodate many of the brave warriors who were ready to attack the city right from within, if eventually it was taken inside the city. Fortunately, to the people of Troy, a Trojan priest saw the horse and understood its significance, so he cried out: "Do not trust the Greeks, even if they left us a gift."

However, the people refused to heed to the warnings of the priest and proceeded to take the Trojan horse right inside the heart of the city and kept it before their gods without the slightest knowledge that it was actually a ploy by the Greeks to have access to the city of Troy and destroy them from within.

Read Also: KANU: NIGERIA GOVT. INTIMIDATES ENYINNAYA ABARIBE INTO ASKING FOR ADJOURNMENT OF KANU'S CASE

Therefore, by the time the inhabitants of Troy realised what was going on, their city fell under attack and was overrun by the Greek soldiers whom were hiding inside the Trojan horse. The Greek soldiers hiding inside the Trojan horse, were even the ones who opened gates for their compatriots who were battle-ready, waiting outside the city. And that was how the city of Troy was completely destroyed.

The moral lessons to be learnt from this story is simply teaching us never to trust a person who has been our enemy for so long, even if he/she has recently shown a change of behavior. In order to be on the safer side, do not accept his/her sudden show of care and concern towards you because there must have been something sinister about the sudden change.

Biafrans, this recent launching of BBC IGBO SERVICE by the British is a Trojan horse and must be seen as such, we need to trade with caution when dealing with the British, for they never meant well for us.

The British devoted their media outfit popularly knows as 'British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC)', to fight the Biafrans before and after the civil war and has continued to be a tool of oppression and subjugation against the Biafrans till date.

Read Also: Biafra: Court separates Kanu’s trial from co-defendants, fixes March 28 for sureties’ presentation

Just like the Trojan priest warned the inhabitants of Troy in those days to beware of Greek gift, Radio Biafra London and Biafra Writers is therefore sounding this gong of warning for our people to trade with caution. Because this latest move by the British has something sinister about it and must not be taken into our hearts in order to be on a safer side.

Recall that during the incarceration and detention of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in a Nigerian prison at Kuje, Abuja, there was a lot of speculations from many quarters that the only solution to quell the rising agitation in the Southeast by Biafrans is to give them an Igbo president as if that was what brought about the agitation. However, when they discovered that the agitation was not all about Igbo presidency, but total freedom for Biafrans from subjugation and oppression in Nigeria, the topic was changed to 'restructuring' which they are now using as a bait to contine to entrap unsuspecting Biafrans inside the damn British contraption known as Nigeria.

Now that Biafrans are preparing for a referendum vote to determine whether to continue staying in Nigeria or not, the British whom were the chief benefactor of the business enterprise called Nigeria, came up with this gesture by trying to show us love and care after using the same media platform to propagate evil and hate against us which resulted in the loss of over 2.5 million Biafrans during their conspired war of blockade and starvation.

Read Also: Biafra: Okezie Ikpeazu, the Traitor and His Assassination Plot Against Nnamdi Kanu

It was the same British through BBC who ensured that men and women of goodwill do not come to know about the real stories concerning the genocide perpetrated against the Biafrans during the Nigeria-Biafra war which they fully sponsored, rather they, through the BBC, told the international community that what was going-on in Biafra was a mere fight between rebels and the Nigerian military government while genocide was being committed with the intention of annihiliating Biafrans from the surface of the earth out the face of the earth for them to have unrestricted access to our God-given mineral resources.

Fellow Biafrans, we must remain focused at this point in time which is the most important time in the struggle for the restoration of the sovereign state of Biafra and must not allow the British who only cares about the crude oil in your land more than your lives.

Thr bottom line is that the sudden but belated launching of the BBC Igbo service is a Greek gift otherwise known as Trojan horse.


The Biafra Times
Edited By Chukwuemeka Chimerue
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
Contact us: [email protected]

Biafra: Okezie Ikpeazu, the Traitor and His Assassination Plot Against Nnamdi Kanu



The Biafra Times | February 21, 2018


Over the coming days and weeks, Okezie Ikpeazu will be methodically and systematically shredded publicly for his blatant lies against our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the great IPOB movement he leads. It will be in his best interest and that of his Northern handlers to publish whatever material at his disposal that will lend credence to his assertions, chiefly that our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu reneged on agreements reached with him and other South East governors during his interview granted to BBC Igbo Service in the Government House Umuahia.

He must tell the world, where,  when and with whom he met Nnamdi Kanu. We will not allow him to get away with this bare-faced deceit and lies. Lying has become second nature to most of these Hausa Fulani stooges masquerading as politicians in Igboland especially. These peddling of lies and distortion of facts against Kanu is a well-orchestrated plan conceived prior to Operation Python Dance 2 which they the governors initiated with Nnia Nwodo.

They hoped to use compromised media channels like the BBC to peddle these lies that they had an agreement with Kanu when such never happened. Okezie Ikpeazu is a mass murderer cited at the ongoing case review by ICC at the Hague. He is also indicted in the ongoing lawsuit in the USA. He has been rejected by the public along with his other Fulani Islamic servants at Government Houses across the South East, so lying against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu or using his name is the only way to gain relevance and sympathy. Anybody who believes in anything coming out of the mouth of an Igbo governor or Nnia Nwodo led Ohaneze Ndigbo needs psychiatric help.


Okezie Ikpeazu failed to understand that the highly respected and foremost constitutional lawyer Prof. Ben Nwabueze was at the meeting between Nnamdi Kanu and Igbo governors which he Okezie Ikpeazu did not attend. We ask between Okezie Ikpeazu and Prof Ben Nwabueze who has more credibility? The truth about how Igbo governors and Nnia Nwodo out of petty envy and jealousy of the popularity and public acceptance of Nnamdi Kanu arranged for Hausa Fulani soldiers to use the cover of Operation Python Dance to assassinate him is well known to the world.

Okezie Ikpeazu should keep his testimony and evidence with him because he will soon be called upon to give account of his role in the military invasion and abduction of Nnamdi Kanu and his parents from their home. We are placing the world on notice that Okezie Ikpeazu has never met with our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu despite the fact that Umuahia government house sits on his ancestral land and his father the traditional ruler. Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu is an unrepentant liar in the mould of other Igbo Biafra traitors before him. The day of reckoning is fast approaching and when that arrives, there will be no amount of Ghana Must Go bags or Hausa Fulani soldiers to defend them.


COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

The Biafra Times

KANU: NIGERIA GOVT. INTIMIDATES ENYINNAYA ABARIBE INTO ASKING FOR ADJOURNMENT OF KANU'S CASE













IPOB PRESS RELEASE

February 21, 2018

We the Indigenous People of Biafra note with sadness the attempt by the attorney representing Senator Abaribe one if the sureties for our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in the ongoing case with Federal Government of Nigeria, to further delay the release of Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi, Bright Chimezie Ishinwa, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and others who are due in court today. By applying to seek yet another adjournment on this matter, it is clear to us that the blackmail machinery of DSS and presidency is fully at work. We have no doubt that this adjournment was instigated by the Federal Government of Nigeria as another way to delay and deny justice to those who have now spent more time in jail than those convicted of similar offenses.

Information reaching IPOB now from Federal High Court Abuja with Justice Binta Nyako presiding is that Abaribe's lawyer have written to the court asking for an adjournment.

The Government of Nigeria have succeeded in pressuring Senator Ebyinnaya Abaribe to ask for adjournment of the ongoing case of treasonable felony between Nnamdi Kanu and 3 others who have so far spent more time in prison than those convicted of similar offences.

DSS and Aso Rock knew they had no choice than to release David Nwawuisi, Benjamin Madubugwu and Bright Chimezie Ishinwa so they decided to blackmail and intimidate Senator Abaribe into getting his lawyer to write to the court seeking yet another adjournment. This level of wickedness is unheard of anywhere in the world. Not minding that Justice Binta Nyako who is a Fulani woman,  Attorney General of the Federation Malami Fulani man, DSS Director General Fulani man, lead prosecutor Labaran Fulani man all have natural hatred for Igbo people and Biafrans at large. Keeping David Nwawuisi and Benjamin Madubugwu in further detention when they have spent more time in jail than those convicted of similar offences is an indescribable evil.


DSS is also under court order to release Bright Chimezie Ishinwa which  they have steadfastly disobeyed. He has been held in underground detention at DSS headquarters for over a year without trial. DSS doesn't want to arraign him despite being in contempt of court.

We still don't know if Senator Abaribe is working closely with John Nnia Nwodo whose job it is to keep to ensure that Igbo politicians don't ask questions regarding the plight of those illegally detained.

They are releasing Boko Haram suspects with Boko Haram continually bombing, maiming, killing and kidnapping, the latest of which is this morning, while they keep detaining Biafrans. Even when we want to go to court to clear our names, they use adjournment after adjournment to keep Biafrans in jail. We say no to this level of judicial wickedness and impunity.

COMRADE EMMA POWERFUL MEDIA AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY FOR IPOB.

The Biafra Times
Publisher: Chijindu Benjamin Ukah
Contact us: [email protected]

Biafra: Court separates Kanu’s trial from co-defendants, fixes March 28 for sureties’ presentation



By Chukwuemeka Chimerue, Chief Editor
The Biafra Times

February 21, 2018

ABUJA— An Abuja Division of the Federal High Court on Tuesday, following an application by the Prosecution counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, separated the trial of leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu from the rest of other three defendants standing alongside with him on the treasonable felony charges preferred against them.

Labaran in his application noted that the IPOB leader’s absence in court has greatly frustrated the progress of the case, hence the need to separate the charges.

“My Lord, the absence of the first defendant having been granted bail, has frustrated the progress in this case.

“In the light of it My Lord, we ask for the indulgence of this court to separate the charges so that progress can be made in this matter,” he said.

READ ALSO: Biafra: Release of Violent Boko Haram Suspects: Continued Detention Of Peaceful IPOB Members is the Worst Form of Judicial Immorality and Conspiracy – IPOB

Ruling on the application for separate trials, the presiding judge, Binta Nyako, held that she agreed with the Prosecution that there was need to severe the trial of Kanu from the rest of other defendants in order “to meet the justice of the case.”

Labaran also informed the court that he received a letter of plea for an adjournment by lawyer to the first surety, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, whom were on some engagements.

According to him, “My Lord, I received a letter yesterday from the counsel to Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, seeking an adjournment in respect to his application filed before this Honourable Court, on the ground that they have a matter before the Supreme Court.

“My Lord, am not objecting to that but I’ll be asking that he comes back tomorrow in respect to that. And as prosecutors not persecutors, we shall be asking for the guidance of your Lordship with respect to the case against the three defendants standing in the dock.”

However, Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, in his reaction, said he is still expecting the court to address the issue concerning the whereabouts of his client, asking whether the sureties are with his client that the Prosecutor would want them to explain about his whereabouts since his client went missing after the military invasion in his home last year September.

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Meanwhile, lawyer to the second surety, Tochukwu Uchenna informed the court that his client was unaware that his presence was needed in court, while lawyer to the third surety, El Immanuel Madu, filed a fresh application which the court refused to admit immediately.

Mr. Labaran further asked the indulgence of the court to allot him some time to amend the charges as to align with the separation of Kanu’s charges with other defendants.

He said, “My Lord, in view of your ruling with respect to the application, we shall be asking of a very short break so that we can amend the process for the record of the court to be neater.


“My Lord, we will be taking the amended charge but my concern is that the first defendant is been reflected in the amended charge. That was why I asked for a short adjournment for the record of the court to be neater.”

However, lawyer to the fourt defendant, David Nwawuisi, pleaded with the court not to admit anymore amendment of charges by the Prosecutor, saying that his client has been in detention for over 3 years now.

“My Lord, in opposition to the motion to amend the charges, we discovered that in the atmosphere of the entire scenario will even tell that the Prosecution is even tired of this particular phantom charges brought before this court.

“My Lord, on our own, they have been amending charges one after another, this is the fourth amendment they’re going to do. We hope after this amendment, the prosecution is not going to make further amendments for us to make progress in this matter.

READ ALSO: Kanu’s $800m Suit: Lawyer lampoons ECOWAS Court, threatens to withdraw suit over incessant adjournments

“Why am saying this is because my client was the first person to be arrested by the DSS. When they discovered they have no charge against him, they brought Nnamdi Kanu and attached him to have committed treasonable felony. My Lord, let this be the last amendment in this case, so we can make progress,” he stated.

Another lawyer in the league of the defendants, asked the court to allow a separate trial window for proper hearing to begin in the matter, adding that would also help both parties in deciding when to either amend the charges or file fresh or counter applications.

According to him, for speedy administration of justice, “I plead respectfully with this court to give us a separate trial window that would guide all the parties on how this case shall be conducted.

“I want to become part of this case and I want to have a trial window, and also set a separate date for proper hearing rather than the prosecution going home to sleep. And then take their time to file those charges as been ordered to them and at what time the charges should be amended.”

He also pleaded with the court to use its discretionary powers in granting bail to defendants whose conditions are exceptional.

“I respectfully draw the attention of this court to the provisions of AJA, Section 161, it gives you the discretionary powers to grant bail on exceptional circumstances and it was specifically enumerated in that provision that bail can be granted by you, even without application where a matter has been delayed for well over one year without judgement. It is a reminder for this court to look at,” he asserted.

But in her response, Justice Nyako said the court has passed beyond that stage and would no longer entertain any bail application from the defendants.

READ ALSO: Biafra: Excuse of Missing File Not Acceptable; Court Must Deliver It's Judgment - IPOB Insists

Earlier during the opening session of the court, lawyer to Bright Chimezie, Barrister Chukwudi Igwe, informed the court that his client’s matter is yet to be read in court having been joined in the suit since last year, adding that an Uyo High Court had hitherto granted his client bail and the DSS defied the order.

He told the court that, “Why am bringing this issue is because at the last adjournment last year when this matter came up, I pointed out that my client, by the virtue of the amended charges on a case filed since 21st of October, 2016, was joined in this case but the court said it doesn’t have his matter before it. My Lord, this was about 7 to 8 months ago.

“If I do not raise this issue, there’s every possibility that Bright Chimezie will continue to be in custody of the DSS, even upon getting an order for his release at the Federal High Court, Uyo.

“My client has already been granted bail by your learned brother in Uyo, ordering the DSS to release him immediately. What the DSS did was to quickly run down here to file this amended charge on the 21st of June, 2017. They filed it and then abandoned it in a court file without even raising any issue with respect to it and my client has been in custody since 2016. It is almost two years, even when a competent court has granted him bail. My client is languishing in prison.”

In her reaction, Justice Binta stated that “he has not been arraigned in court. The reason why he has not been arraigned is that the first defendant in the case was granted bail in April, consequent upon which we have not seen him since then and this case has been stalled.

“I have just now made an order to separate the charge of the first defendant from the others. No issue have been taken in the case of your client because of that. Now that we are severing the position of the first defendant in respect to this, they will now include a fresh charge for trial which will now make your client to take the plea again and now reply.

“When they now amend the charges and include your client, then we will look at the issues raised, if not, I’ll strike it out.”

After taking their submissions, she adjourned the matter till March 20, 21, and 22 for continued hearing while fixing March 28 for sureties to the IPOB leader to present their cases on his whereabouts.

The Biafra Times 2018

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