Continuous Non-Appearance Of Judges Stalls The Release Of IPOB Members In Detention

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The Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, under the watch of the acclaimed ‘sacked’ leader, Nnamdi Kanu has raised alarm over the continues jumping of court cases by Nigerian Judges resulting to failure to have freed its members, presently in detention in various cells, prisons across states in Nigeria.

this was revealed to newsmen in Awka by the group’s media and publicity secretary, Mr. Emma Power, stating that the strategy is deliberate move to enable the Nigeria federal government to deny its members freedom.

The statement further accused President Mohammedu Buhari, deliberately delaying cases of IPOB.

In his words: “The system of delay tactics which Nigerian Government and her judiciary use in handling all court cases involving IPOB since 2015 has proven that common man cannot get justice from the Nigerian Judiciary unless the presidency directs the court on what to do.”

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“Prompt dispensation of justice or otherwise is now entirely dependent on the mood of those running Aso Rock. Guilt or innocence is no longer determined by the preponderance of evidence but by the mindset of those at Aso Rock.

“President Muhammadu Buhari through the Attorney General of the Federation AGF has been giving instructions to the judiciary to use delay tactics in handling IPOB cases. It baffled us as to why judges presiding over IPOB cases in different courts would prefer to use adjournment or non-appearance of government prosecutors to prolong the detention of Biafrans exercising their constitutional right to self-determination.

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“A prime example of the matter remains the case of our leaders Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s co-agitators like Benjamin Madubugwu, David Nwawuisi and Chidiebere Onwudiwe who are still in prison custody for over two years now without commencement of the proper trial.

“All the government does is parade them before the court, on average once every two months in front of Binta Nyako, who in turn will listen to oral arguments for 1 hour and then adjourn the matter for another six-eight weeks without regard for the welfare of the detainees and the fact that there isn’t any evidence to sustain the bogus charges.”

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“It is very appalling that the judiciary who are supposed to be the last hope of the common man can allow themselves to be used by the executive arm of government to subvert the wheel of justice. The adjournment upon adjournment including non-appearance of judges handling IPOB cases has made the people lose hope in the Nigerian judicial system.”

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