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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

THE KANGAROO COURT OF JUSTICE JOHN TSOHO

THE KANGAROO COURT OF JUSTICE JOHN TSOHO

By Chima Onyekachi
For Family Writers

"If we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us" - Francis Bacon
When the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu said he has no confidence in the Nigeria Judiciary to give him a fair trial, most critics thought he did not know what he was saying.

Justice Tsoho John Terhemba born on 24th June 1959 in Mbaduku Vandeikya, Benue State has made a mockery of the judicial system in Nigeria and should have his mental capability tested. On February 19, 2016, Justice John Tsoho ruled against a secret trial of Nnamdi Kanu and told the Nigeria DSS they had all the apparatus to protect their witnesses, and that ruling was widely reported by both local and international media. But on the adjourned date, March 7 without due legal procedures been followed and pressures from the DSS and President Muhammadu Buhari, Justice John Tsoho quickly reversed his previous ruling and accepted the government's plea for a secret trial. Justice John Tsho ridiculed himself and the Nigerian legal system by quoting unrelated Ivorian law in a Francophone country practicing a different legal system.

Justice John Tsoho started his hangman job as appointed by Muhammadu Buhari when he refused to grant Nnamdi Kanu bail on the 29th of January 2016,citing the following reasons: 1) That Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was a threat to national security. 2) That if released, Nnamdi Kanu might commit the same offence again. 3) That there was a probability that Nnamdi Kanu might jump bail because he possessed dual citizenship. It should also be noted that the judge has refused to sign the original copy of the aforesaid ruling that would have enabled the defence team appeal his ruling. It is regrettable that the judge in conspiracy with the Nigeria DSS deliberately does not want his kangaroo ruling to be vacated by a higher court knowing Nnamdi Kanu has been released on bail and unconditionally by two courts of competent jurisdictions.

Justice John Tosho who had only four years of "boardroom" legal practice before his appointment as a Magistrate in Benue State does not have the mental capability to try the case and should not allow himself to be used as the tool to explode a ticking time bomb. Even when the defence counsel Ifeanyi Ejiofor, reported the threat to his life by the DSS officer, the judge demanded if he or the "celestial being" should continue with the case. I believe the celestial being would have done a better job than him.

Section 36(6) (d) of the 1999 Constitution provided "Every person who is charged with a criminal offence shall be entitled to - examine, in person or by his legal practitioners, the witnesses called by the prosecution before any court". The Indigenous People of Biafra have been following every peaceful avenue since the unlawful arrest of their leader but it is clear the judicial system has also been manipulated by Muhammadu Buhari.  Let it be known that if we do not maintain justice, justice will not maintain us.

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