Just as the Federal Government obtained a prompt kangaroo court ruling for the unmeritorious proscription of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, it has once again employed the services of the same Federal High Court under a highly-compromised Judge, John Tsoho to commence the irrational prosecution of certain persons it said allegedly aided the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, ‘escape’ the country.
This hatchet job is being executed by the Nigerian government using one Mr Isiah Ayugu who claims to be a ‘patriotic citizen’ as an undercover agent to get at its political opponents, Femi Fani-Kayode and Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe amongst others who stood as Kanu’s sureties.
Already, Justice Tsoho, who was the immediate past trial judge that handled Kanu’s case before his biased rulings led to the sudden transfer of the case to Justice Binta Nyako, had already given the Department of State Services, DSS, and the Police order to commence prosecution of those individuals outlined above.
On the other hand, it was not much of a surprise that Justice Tsoho, who earlier claimed he has no particular interest in Kanu’s case, was the same person employed by the FG to complete what he couldn’t finish at the initial stage of the trial even when the incumbent trial judge is still very much alive and yet to dispense judgment or dispose the issues of the case. It only tells us that whilst the case is still with Justice Nyako, FG hurriedly approached another trusted agent at the judiciary to accomplish its desires.
The reasons are not far-fetched – the FG has not been at rest since the sudden but shocking or maybe rude reappearance of the IPOB leader whom they tried to send to oblivion without much success. Kanu’s emergence has become a major source of worry, particularly as he threatened to expose the impostor in Aso-rock, parading as the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and even so when he threatened to ‘return with hell’ in one of his broadcasts on Radio Biafra.
Kanu’s resurfacing in Israel has been a hard one for the government and so since they can’t get hold of him at the moment, they are now holding onto whatever they can use in dragging the attention of the world from the fact that one of its force agency, the Nigerian army actually attempted to assassinate the IPOB leader in his country home at Afara-Ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia state, before Kanu found his way out of the unpleasant situation.
Tsoho, therefore, without being biased, must consider the circumstances surrounding the sudden disappearance of the IPOB leader who was enjoying bail and scheduled to appear for the October last year court sitting before the illegal and violent invasion of the Nigerian military personnel at his home.
To say the least, the suit seeking for the prosecution of Abaribe, Fani-Kayode, and others for allegedly aiding Kanu’s escape, is baseless and unfounded and should be quashed by any competent court as there were no facts or evidence pointing to the authenticity of the allegation. Someone’s speeches or social media posts merely accusing the Army of abducting or killing Nnamdi Kanu, cannot stand as a veritable evidence or proof before a court of law.
If anything, the court should bring the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Yusuf Buratai under serious litigation for the roles his boys played in the disappearance of the IPOB leader as he has no intention neither did he indicate any intention to jump bail or flee the country prior to their violent raid. Kanu’s sureties, on the other hand, has no control over the situation that transpired at his residence as they neither control the Army nor any security apparatus in the country. They had initially stated in court that they were unaware of the whereabouts of the person they are under obligation to see that he attends court proceedings which they would have gladly fulfilled to the letter if not the unwarranted invasion of Kanu’s home. And now that it has been confirmed that Kanu is alive and kicking in Israel, there is still no assurance nor guarantee of his safety once he returns to the country to resume his trial. So would the judge rather have Kanu dead than ‘escaping’ to save his life for any possible future trials?
Therefore, when the hearing of the suit would be declared officially open on November 22, we hope to hear sound arguments that would culminate to the free dispense of sound judgment capable of reinstating the faith and hope of the common man on the full independence and reliability of the Nigerian judiciary and not just business as usual.