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Wednesday 28 March 2018



Report by Moses Agbo
For Family Writers Press

Following resumption of proceedings at exactly 12 : 24pm this Wednesday afternoon, being the 28th day of March 2018, as honorary Justice (Mrs) Binta Nyako took her seat, was a flow of introduction of the case bordering on the whereabouts of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (Prisoner of Conscience). The introductions of the prosecuting team led by Barrister Shaibu M. Labaran and the defense counsel led by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor were respectively made. Appearing for the Chief of Army Staff - Tukur Buratai, was Barrister Ibrahim.

On commencement, the defense counsel, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor informed the court that his client's (Nnamdi Kanu's) sureties were also present and were readily prepared to give narratives of  their ordeals regarding the whereabouts of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. One of the legal counsels appearing for the sureties prayed with some legal recitements, asking the court to allow the sureties make their speeches on why Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has not been produced in court since he was granted bail.

But playing through to their games, the lead prosecuting counsel, Barr. Labaran Shaibu threw up a diversionary trick, stating that the court as a matter of justice, has to initiate an order for the first defendant (Nnamdi Kanu) who according to him, is wittingly dragging the proceedings backwards. He demanded that he be made to appear before the court so as to facilitate his immediate trial according to the dictates of the law. Firmly opposing this submission was Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead defense counsel to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) worldwide, who challenged Barr. Labaran Shaibu for his diversionary antics as against the main item on the schedule.

However, it must be clearly stated here that the most disgusting twist ensued. The prosecuting counsel, Barr. Labaran Shaibu, in a most bizarre drama, stood up to tell the court that the subject of day's proceeding was  not to his knowledge. He further claimed that he was not even served. This assertion was immediately countered by Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor who maintained that the prosecuting counsel was duly and properly served.

The presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyako, angered by the scenario, cautioned that such drama would no longer be entertained in her court. She thereby urged both contending counsels to peacefully resolve their differences, as events that played out are suggestive of the fact that they were not prepared for the day's proceedings.

Sensing an aura of enveloping shame and dishonor coming against his career as an already defeated legal officer before the public, Barr. Labaran Shaibu who was supposedly meant to stay back for the commencement of  bail applications for the other detained Biafrans which were already tendered before the court. Barr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor quite oblivious of their game plan, was shocked to discover that both the prosecuting counsel, Labaran Shaibu and the presiding judge, Justice (Mrs) Binta Nyako have unceremoniously disappeared, on raising his head from his jotting desk.

It is unfortunate to note that the case bordering on the bail applications for our brethren who have been extra-judicially incarcerated for close to three years now, could not be entertained nonetheless, due to the dramatic disappearance from the court room, of both the prosecuting counsel and the presiding judge. The deteriorating health condition of our brother Mazi Benjamin Mmadubugwu continues as he went back to the detention facility, as adequate application of medication on him cannot still be guaranteed.

Humanity is now left to judge the evolving developments in Nigeria. The conspiracy and the callousness of the Nigerian government and her shamelessly compromised judicial system are being steadily activated for the total elimination of our brothers in oppressive custody.

The time is closing in.

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