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Friday, 8 June 2018

"GRANT BAIL TO BIAFRAN DETAINEES AND WRITE YOUR NAME ON GOLD" - JUSTICE BINTA NYAKO TOLD

"GRANT BAIL TO BIAFRAN DETAINEES AND WRITE YOUR NAME ON GOLD" - JUSTICE BINTA NYAKO TOLD

Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers Press

Few days away from being Internationally celebrated, is the Presiding Judge of an Abuja-based Federal High Court, Justice Binta Nyako. This was echoed by Human Rights Organizations, Human Rights Writers/Publishers and all people of good conscience globally as the Chief Judge is left with no other judicial option than to courageously grant bail to the Biafran detainees held in Kuje prison in Abuja for over three years now, on trumped up charges of treasonable felony. The detainees are Benjamin Mmadubugwu, David Nwawuisi, Chidiebere Onwudiwe and Bright Chimezie. Standing on the side of truth, justice and fairness, Justice Binta Nyako will definitely wear the world's designate rank as the PILLAR OF JUSTICE AND THE PROTECTOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA, in such a time like this when bigotistic tyranny has brought all the voices of human rights and dignity under steel suppression. Boldly taking this step of granting bail to these extra-judicially detained Biafrans, come Monday 25th June 2018 being the next court sitting date, the Chief Judge must brace up against the oppressive antics of the Nigerian government. This is a government that derives joy and satisfaction in sadism. The Chief Judge, acting to her professional calling, will not get her judicially trained conscience relieved of guilt of biasness and victimization, but will ostensibly get her name inscribed on gold, stoutly daring the despotic antecedents of the oppressive government.

Obviously, the International community is aware that the issue of the Biafra agitation is insurmountable, despite the continuous incarceration of these Biafran agitators in Kuje prison, amongst others detained elsewhere across Nigeria. The agitations for the restoration of the nation of Biafra has potentially become an evolution with over 95℅ of 80 million Biafrans ardently involved globally. This is confirmative of the fact that through the medium of world acclaimed democratic process referred to as REFERENDUM, there is absolutely no window of justice available to Justice Binta Nyako to continue with the callous suffocation of her invaluable judicial career and integrity. She must have to courageously extricate herself from the web of script playing to service the interest of the Nigerian government. She has to set these promising young Biafrans free from detention. Human Rights Analysts the world over, will pour unprecedented encomiums on Justice Binta Nyako as she favorably rule on the bail application of these men on Monday 25th of June 2018, in defense and protection of justice and human rights in the most despotic democracy in Africa. This is the only remedial course of action available to her, in the restoration process of her already battered professional career and dignity as a Chief Justice in the Nigeria smeared Judiciary. She must realize that she is seriously under moral obligation to do the needful so that the prosecuting counsel will be forced to produce substantial evidences, witnesses and exhibits that will escort the case to it's logical conclusion.

She must also understand that starting up a case since 8th of November 2016 which has lingered up till date without any foreseeable end, is a major dent in her professional career as a Judge. This is one case that has witnessed series of amendments of charges by the prosecuting counsel, incessant court adjournments, verdicts somersaults and of course, quite a number of hearings on the bail application by the bench. As the window for further applications by the Nigerian government has been courageously shut, she must not be hesitant in granting bail to these detainees so that the case can  appropriately progress. As a respected Chief Judge, Justice Binta Nyako should be aware that granting of bail does not in any way suggest an end to any case brought before the court. Rather, it is an invitational challenge on the plaintiff to really prove the authenticity of the case before the eyes of the law beyond every reasonable doubt. She should also as a matter of expediency, be aware that the continuous immoral absence of the prosecuting counsel, Shaibu Labaran from court sittings under manipulative excuses with particular reference to the event of 30th May 2018, can no longer be entertained and encouraged. It must be noted that the Nigerian government's representative surreptitiously secured the outright unlawful detention of these Biafran non-violent freedom fighters with her consent and approval. Because there exists in Nigeria, crass disregard and disrespect to the courts by the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), the issue of unavoidable absence is no longer tenable. Shaibu Labaran who is the Chief Prosecuting Counsel in this case has always used this ploy to scuttle and delay proceedings.

Monday 25th of June 2018 remains a day with history. It is a day the career of one of the high ranking judicial principals in Nigeria will either be made or marred. Justice Binta Nyako will be clearly standing between two choices of either toeing the path of justice by granting the detained, the much needed bail or taking sides with her oppressive masters to do the awful. But whatever be the outcome of that historic date, humanity is waiting to pass the verdict.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press

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