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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON BARRISTER IFEANYI EJIOFOR: ANOTHER EXTRA-JUDICIAL SELF HELP TO STAMPEDE THE JUDICIAL PROCESS

ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT ON BARRISTER IFEANYI EJIOFOR: ANOTHER EXTRA-JUDICIAL SELF HELP TO STAMPEDE THE JUDICIAL PROCESS

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Barrister Ejiofor
The entire global community is curiously looking forward to the month of January 2020 when the Nigerian government is expected to revisit the case of treasonable felony preferred against the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. The resumed hearing of that sham is high on the table with the lawless Nigerian government shamelessly and with brazen act of impunity, resorting to yet another extra-judicial self-help targeted at stampeding the judicial process and criminally truncating justice in the matter. Recall that since 14th October 2015 when the despotic Nigerian government illegitimately arrested and detained Mazi Nnamdi Kanu even up till date, it has continued to race from pillar to post, trying strenuously but fruitlessly figure out whatever incriminating evidence that will help convict him. But the ideal approach which the Nigerian government would have adopted, would be to courageously and honorably withdraw the case from court since it became so obvious to the world that the IPOB leader and his organization committed no crime known to both international and domestic laws. None  criminalizes the demand for political independence of the Biafran people entrapped in Nigeria according to the laid down protocols as adopted by IPOB.

Unfortunately, the Nigerian government chose to continue on extra-judicial self help in fruitless efforts/attempts to launder it's self-inflicted, battered International diplomatic image through it's immoral engagement in spate of assassination attempts on the key players in the case. Firstly, it was Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (the star defendant) in the trumped up case, that was targeted for elimination on the 14th of September 2017 by the Nigerian government through it's military. Deadly kitted Nigerian soldiers acting under presidential directive, murderously invaded his country home at Afara-ukwu, Ibeku in Umuahia, Abia State, Biafraland, solely to have him summarily executed. Although, he was miraculously evacuated amidst the deadly military expedition but twenty eight (28) unarmed, innocent Biafrans were gruesomely murdered during that genocidal onslaught with properties worth fortunes, wantonly destroyed. Secondly, the murderous instinct of the grossly untamed Nigeria security operatives was turned to the direction of Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lead counsel to IPOB and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. He was criminally targeted for assassination by the helplessly frustrated and desperately lawless Nigerian government. The plot to get at Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor was aimed at scuttling the judicial process because taking him out of the way, will result in IPOB leadership and Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, not having any legal counsel in the mould of Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, representing them in court come January 2020 sitting to be presided over by Justice Binta Nyako at the Nigeria Federal High Court in Abuja. The failed assassination attempt on Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, was as a result of his absence from his compound when the murderous Nigerian police officers invaded his Ifite-Oraifite home, killing four unarmed, innocent Biafran citizens, severally injuring many with first degree gun shots including the Barrister's aged mother and setting the Barrister's house and his late brother's, as well as others in the neighborhood, ablaze. The carnage was indeed colossal, an act from a soul-less government.

It is of utmost importance to make Justice Binta Nyako to fully understand that the only option left now is to outrightly squash the case, come January 2020 as the embattled legal counsel, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor would not be in the right frame of mind to stand defense for the IPOB leader when the case resumes. It is equally obvious that the Nigerian government has boxed itself in and is presently facing global political disgrace as it has continued to make nauseating caricature of itself courtesy of fictitiously accusing a world acclaimed figure like Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader, in an unsubstantiable weighty legal case. He was accused of terrorism and treasonable felony because of Biafra restoration agitations. The height of impunity by the Nigerian government against judicial process is the assassination attempt on the life of an innocent, renowned senior legal counsel of exceptional repute, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and on its laid down protocols, he is standing as the legal counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and IPOB. He has been a member of this legal body in Nigeria since 2004. Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor has very tenaciously, been following other relevant international protocols guiding and protecting legal practitioners. The Nigerian government through the instrumentality of it's armed forces, has grossly rubbished the integrity of the Nigerian Judiciary and that of the presiding judge,on the case under reference herein, Justice Binta Nyako when the assassination attempt was carried out without considering the legal implications should the IPOB leader's counsel be eliminated. It is important to let the judge to know that IPOB has no legal counsel even when the case resumes hearing in January 2020. Therefore he, the IPOB leader could not attend the court sitting because there is no legal representative. It is the height of wickedness, callousness, lawlessness and hatred by the Nigerian government to continue to target disseminating voices for summary elimination even in the said democracy. This reckless act of impunity must never ever be allowed to continue. Enough is enough!

Written by Mazi Onyebuchi Eze

Edited by Peter Oshagwu
For Family Writers Press International

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