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Thursday, 12 January 2017

Secret Trial Cancelled, Media Blackout Cancelled, Justice Nyako Blasts FG's Failure To Produce Evidence Against Kanu, Others--- FULL REPORT

Secret Trial Cancelled, Media Blackout Cancelled, Justice Nyako Blasts FG's Failure To Produce Evidence Against Kanu, Others--- FULL REPORT

By Paul Ihechi Alagba and Somto Okonkwo
For Family Writers

The trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and three other Biafran activists who are being held by the Nigeria government on charges of alleged treasonable felon, took a new twist today January 12, 2017 following the cancellation of the controversial secret trial by a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, Nigeria's capital.

  The judge presiding over the case, Ms Binta Fatima Nyako made the ruling before the commencement of proceedings for the day. The judge stated that her ruling is based on the strong opposition of the defendants (Nnamdi Kanu and co) against the move by the federal government for a secret trial during the previous court sittings.
Immediately after the judge's pronouncement, the defense counsel to the Nnamdi Kanu , Hon Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor unequivocally urged the court to  strike off the charges against his client and order for his release from detention.

   "He is only exercising his right to self determination, and has even started his agitation even before the emergence of Muhammadu Buhari as the president of Nigeria," Hon Ejiofor told the honorable court, maintaining that Nnamdi Kanu poses no threat to Nigeria's seat of power.
In furtherance of his case, Barrister Ejiofor drew the attention of the court to a new bail application filed on behalf of the defendants, which is subject to the fact that the charges and accusations levelled against them "lacks merit and basic proof to substantiate their continued illegal detention."
   The prosecuting counsel representing the Nigerian government, Hon S.I Labaran immediately objected against the bail application of the defendants, noting that the 1st defendant (Nnamdi Kanu) possesses dual citizenship and may flee the country on his release.

However, the judge, Ms Nyako rebuked the objection of the counsel to the federal government, noting that his evidence is only based on assumption and is not enough to warrant the continued detention of the defendants. Barrister Ejiofor continued and prayed the court to grant an unconditional release to his clients since the Prosecutor lacks evidence to continue with the trial. The other defense counsels also prayed the court to order for the release of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th defendants- Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawusi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe respectively, as the charges against them lacks merit.

Meanwhile, the counsel to the 4th defendant, Hon Barrister Maxwell Okpara raised an alarm, informing the court that his life and the life of the defendant and their family members are being threatened by members of the Department of State Services, DSS. Barrister Okpara informed the court that should anything happen to him or any member of his family, the DSS should be held accountable. He went further to ask the court to order for the release of the 4th defendant, Chidiebere Onwudiwe, as the charges against him has no relationship with that of the other defendants, and cannot be substantiated.

After the withdrawal of Barrister Okpara, Barrister Ejiofor rose and informed the court that the media blackout being imposed on the trial is uncalled for, since the secret trial has been cancelled. The judge upheld his request and assured that some changes will be made on the next court sitting.

The case was however adjourned to February 10, 2017, for a ruling on the bail application and release of the defendants.

10 comments

  1. That is God working God says I will put confusion in the mix of you enemies and that is what Him GOD is doing now between bengohari bengonyako

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  2. Both Buhari, both Fatimad Nyako, two of them are totally MAD! Crazy fulanis foolish people

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  3. I hope the first 4uling has been appealed at Appellate court.I'm surprised that the Judge will over rule herself on the same matter unsolicited.
    The DSs has been fishing foe cahrges and phantom witnesses to collaborate their voodoo position on the matter.but God will frustrate abd humiliate them all . Biafra is not a treath to nigeria nigeria have been existing since,we just need to live by ouselves in peace without stanic killings

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  4. The chains holding Biafra down are breaking one after the other. Soon, we shall be singing, "Welcome to Biafra". To God be the glory.

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  6. THIS IS A TIME THAT IPOB FAMILY MUST BE VERY CAREFUL, BECAUSE OF THE LIFE OF OUR LEADER AND THOSE WITH HIM I THE PRISON AS NIGERIA GOVERNMENT CAN DO ANYTHING. OUR INTELLIGENT DEPARTMENT MUST BE AT ALERT. BUHARI CAN NEVER AND SHOULD BE TRUSTED AND IF THE THEY PULL ONE BULLET WE SHOULD PULL FOUR.

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