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Sunday, 24 June 2018

JUSTICE BINTA NYAKO HAS NO OTHER OPTION THAN GRANTING BAIL TO THE BIAFRAN DETAINEES

JUSTICE BINTA NYAKO HAS NO OTHER OPTION THAN GRANTING BAIL TO THE BIAFRAN DETAINEES

Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers Press

As pressures mount on Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja-based Federal High Court to grant bail to Biafran detainees in Kuje prison, it is certainly clear that imminent end of that kangaroo process is come. For close to three years now, the treasonable felony charge preferred against Benjamin Mmadubugwu, David Nwawuisi, Bright Chimezie and Chidiebere Onwudiwe has extra-judicially lingered without trials. Human rights organizations have consistently increased the veracity of pressures on the Binta Nyako presided Federal High Court to effect the release of these Biafran star detainees who have been in incarceration. It is important for Justice Binta Nyako to realize that her prolonged and unjust detention of these men to service the interests of the plaintiff which is the Nigerian government, is a proof of the Nigerian kangaroo judicial system. The plaintiff has woefully failed on different court sittings to advance satisfactory evidence(s) under her stewardship, why these callously detained agitators should not be granted bail. The Nigerian government as an institution of sadism and living to it's billings, has exhibited absurdity in it's approaches on this matter. Justice Binta Nyako has absolutely no other alternative than to effect bail grant to these detainees until justice is served.

She has courageously but extra-judicially been keeping these men in prison custody to please her employers in their own terms against known applicable judicial procedures in Nigeria. As the Nigerian government has shamelessly resolved to defiantly uphold sadism against the detainees, it is expedient that Justice Binta Nyako extricates her professional career from the murky waters of executive impunity, lawlessness and sadistic antecedents as being presently perpetrated. The body language of the Nigerian government's prosecutor in this case, smacks of crass disrespect to the judicial system in the land as he surely believes, his services are unrepentantly given to the tyrannical overlords. Justice Binta Nyako will therefore be adjudged a heroine in the Nigerian Judiciary should she courageously grant the Biafran detainees the much anticipated bail on Monday 25th June 2018, being the next sitting date of the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The global community should recall, that Benjamin Mmadubugwu was arrested and detained albeit in prison custody since the month of July 2015. David Nwawuisi was arrested and imprisoned since October, 2015. Chidiebere Onwudiwe was arrested and detained since June 2016 while Bright Chimezie got arrested and thrown into prison unlawfully since September 2016. Detained by the same trumped up charges as preferred, different judges of the Nigerian Federal High Court in Abuja, had variously and favorably ruled that they be freed unconditionally, with one of the detainees winning compensation payment from the Nigerian government with a sum of five million Naira (N5 million). If Justice Binta Nyako respects the sanctity of the law and the court as a senior judicial officer of repute, she should unequivocally compel the Nigerian government to obey the verdict of 17th of December 2015. In that verdict, Honorable Justice Adeniyi Ademola of the Nigerian Federal High Court ruled that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and his followers with Benjamin Mmadubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe inclusive, be unconditionally released. Justice Binta Nyako should also as a matter of law, pressure the Nigerian government to duly respect the order given by Justice Ifeoma Ojukwu of the Nigerian Federal High Court in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State on the 17th of May 2017, where it was distinctively ruled that Bright Chimezie should be released unconditionally by the Department of Security Services (DSS) who was previously been held in detention with five million Naira (N5 million) compensation. It will be of interest to the current presiding judge in the person of Justice Binta Nyako particularly and the Nigerian Judicial Council (NJC), to note that the same Nigerian government seeking redress in the Federal High Court as presided over by Binta Nyako is yet to obey the aforementioned rulings nor has it appealed any of the verdicts till date.

With these flagrant court contempts committed which has become exceptionally tyrannical, clearly lacks further moral credibility to enjoy any grant of prayer from any court of competent jurisdiction in the country, until it purges itself of all shades of disrespect to the rule of law. Therefore, as the ruling on the bail application for these detainees comes up on Monday 25th of June 2018, the world is closely watching out to see the anticipated being effected by Justice Binta Nyako's ruling. This wave of injustice must have to be terminated forthwith.

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press

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