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Monday, 19 March 2018

BIAFRA: JUSTICE BINTA NYAKO MUST RELEASE BIAFRA DETAINEES IN KUJE PRISON FOR THE FAILURE OF THE PLAINTIFF TO FILE AMENDED CHARGES

BIAFRA: JUSTICE BINTA NYAKO MUST RELEASE BIAFRA DETAINEES IN KUJE PRISON FOR THE FAILURE OF THE PLAINTIFF TO FILE AMENDED CHARGES

By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers Press

The Prosecuting Counsel representing the Nigerian government has once again disobeyed the order of the court presided over by Justice Binta Nyako in the charges bothering on treasonable felony against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other IPOB trio currently detained in Kuje Prison. Hence, Justice Binta Nyako should allow justice to prevail this time around by releasing these agitators from Prison pending when the Prosecuting Counsel is ready to file the amended charges as ordered by her lordship, Justice Binta Nyako. It could be recalled that at the last court sitting in January 2018, Justice Binta Nyako ordered the Prosecutor to file amended charges against the remaining defendants so that the case could continue as the whereabouts of the first defendant,  Mazi Nnamdi Kanu is still unknown since the Nigerian Army invaded his home on September 14th, 2017 and took him to unknown destination. As it is at the moment, in less than 24 hours to the next Court sitting, the Prosecuting Counsel representing the Nigerian government is yet to file his response to the order or file the amended charges against the remaining defendants as ordered by her lordship, Justice Binta Nyako.

It is on this ground that  people of good conscience all over the world must demand that Justice Binta Nyako should respect her judicial authority by releasing these agitators  remanded in Kuje Prison since 3 years ago. By this, the Court can then await the amended charges that would be filed by the Prosecuting Counsel. Justice Binta Nyako and her judicial career and oath will descend into the valley of infamy if she refuses to release these agitators should the Prosecuting Counsel disobeys Court orders this time around. If Mr Shaibu Labaran fails to file the amended charges against these remaining agitators, it will simply mean that the Nigerian government has no case with them and therefore, they should be released on bail come March 20, 2018 Court sitting because they have been in Prison for nearly three years without any trial. As the whole world is earnestly looking forward to seeing how Justice Binta Nyako will handle the case, she should be courageous enough to exert her judicial authority in calling a spade a spade over the executive impunity of the Nigerian government against these Biafran agitators.

It is contained in the Nigerian Constitution that nobody or organization or authority will have any obnoxious reason to keep anybody in detention without proper trial and conviction. But the body language of Justice Binta Nyako in the past has given the Prosecuting Counsel representing Nigerian government  the audacity to keep these young agitators in  detention unlawfully for almost three years without trial. Should Justice Binta Nyako say "NO" to injustice come next Court sitting, the Prosecuting Counsel will sit up in the case and Justice Binta Nyako's prestige will return to her but if she continues to do the bidding of the obnoxious desire of the Nigerian government, then she will make caricature of the Nigerian judiciary. The only option available for Justice Binta Nyako to restore her battered judicial image is just to release these agitators on the ground of the refusal of the Prosecuting Counsel to file the amended charges against these remaining agitators. As the date is fast approaching, we keep our fingers crossed.

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