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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

SHARIA SECRET TRIAL: THE UNDER PERFORMANCE OF IPOB DEFENSE LAWYERS: A REASON BEHIND JUSTICE BINTA NYAKO RECKLESS VERDICTS

SHARIA SECRET TRIAL: THE UNDER PERFORMANCE OF IPOB DEFENSE LAWYERS: A REASON BEHIND JUSTICE BINTA NYAKO RECKLESS VERDICTS


By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers

Having used a whole of Tuesday 21/3/2017, to study carefully all the matters arising from the ongoing trial on the case of five (5) count charges bothering on treasonable felony, defamatory speech and other frivolous allegations, instituted against Nnamdi Kanu and three (3) other defendants by Nigeria government in Federal High Court, Abuja, presided over by Justice Binta Nyako, I have with no apology to anybody discovered that the reason behind the all-round judicial rascality and proposal for Sharia Law type of secret trial on Nnamdi Kanu and other defendants by Justice Binta Nyako was as a result of weaknesses noticed in IPOB defense counsels led by Hon Ifeanyi Ejiofor. It beats my imagination how a person like me who does not possess much legal training credentials and qualifications but with little experiences gathered on judicial procedures all my years as a member of Grace And Justice Human Right Legal Aids during attendance of court sittings, could make me to have more knowledge of judicial procedures than a respected member of the NBA like Bar Ifeanyi Ejiofor.


The attitudes of IPOB defense lawyers led by Hon Ifeanyi Ejiofor has not been favourable to this case and thereby creating rooms for Justice Binta Nyako to behave as it pleases her in the court and get away with it unchallenged.  The present verdict somersault of the trial Judge Binta Nyako is anchored on her initial declaration that the court belongs to her and that she can do anything therein, thus, nobody has the right to question her decisions. But our lawyers failed to either declare vote of no confidence on her or report her excesses to NJC for such reckless utterances so as to bring her to order.

Let us examine the following in order to vindicate myself should anybody wanting to stone me for writing this piece and being point blank:

(1) A defense lawyer is not only expected to be praying the court in all circumstances with fear as I have always notice from Hon Ejiofor at all times when he make submissions before the court. A defense lawyer is expected to turn heavily vocal with the citations of 1999 constitution, ACJA, Penal code law and other relevant laws of Nigeria to back up his arguments whenever the trial Judge want to go outside the stipulated judicial laws in the land. I hardly see Hon Ejiofor act swiftly even when things are going wrong, he will continue with his prayers to the court which nobody takes serious any way. Can you see that it is even the defendants that the Judge even fears their vocality to the shame of the defense lawyers when she asserted that she will not allow one of the defendants to talk in the court because of his vocality? Hon Ejiofor is a respected member of NBA, so why should he continue to be feeling inferior before other lawyers in same profession?


(2) A defense lawyer is not expected to be complaining always about the high-handedness of DSS, prison officials and other security agencies in allowing him, family members or friends of the defendants to visit them in prison just like Hon Ejiofor always do. The appropriate action to be taken by such defense lawyer is to file a separate suit or formal petition against such security agency and have the trial judge take action as stipulated in the law than complaining always. I have even heard Justice Binta Nyako told Hon Ejiofor that she can do nothing with ordinary complain in the court but to follow the right procedure. To my greatest surprise, I still see Hon Ejiofor toeing the line of baseless complain in the last court sitting on 20/3/2017, when he said "DSS has ordered that nobody should be allowed to visit Nnamdi Kanu and other defendants in prison, an order he know can never be from the court but probably by the prosecutor". Justice Nyako did not respond to it because she had told him what to do earlier.

(3) PRIMA FACIE suit instituted by Hon Ifeanyi Ejiofor on January 10, 2017 against the prosecutor, following my call for the sack of the defense lawyers should they fail to take a drastic action against then secret trial, as contained in my open letter sent to IPOB Directorate of State, has been sidelined with Hon Ifeanyi Ejiofor saying nothing about it in the court. The inability of the defense lawyers to vehemently stand by the prima facie suit ruling has made the trial Judge feel that the defense lawyers may not as intellectually explosive as she initially thought. How can defense lawyers standing for a serious accusation like Treason or Felony carelessly overlook a suit like Prima Facie which is holding on the jugular of the prosecutor or entire plaintiff which they filed in the court?

It is upon this ground that I make bold to call on Bar Emma Nmezu and IPOB legal crew to call Hon Ejiofor and his team to order or we risk more damages in the case. If there is any blackmail from the FG or DSS against our lawyers like security threats which has incapacitated them, let them tell us. If we don’t call these lawyers to order, we must regret it. I rest my case!

Edited by Ebere Okolie
For Family Writers

2 comments

  1. Injustice binta and buhari and other collaborators are using diabolical means to over power kanu lawyers... The must stand firmly to defend their clients... The should tighting their belts too.. This world is mysterious... Kanu must be free... Buhari and his associates will soon die... Mark my words... God will kill them

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  2. Personally, I’m not quite impressed with Barrister Ejiofor – especially his eloquence. I do not know if he has to comport a certain way because he's dealing with a woman judge. But Justice has done some things that needed strong rebuke. When she said that this is her court and she can do as she pleases. That needed to be rebuked. And then the recent mention and introduction of Sharia Law in a civil court and common law proceeding should have been strongly rebuked by Barrister Ejiofor. Please Barrister, do not permit such travesty to happen to your defendant Nnamdi Kanu. Thank you Mazi Eze for the courage to point out these concerns.

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