The Nigerian judiciary has been put to a state of confusion, anarchy and kangaroo characterization following the inability of a judge (Justice Binta Nyako), to interpret the law accordingly without fear or favor. Assessing the steps a judge goes through to become a final arbiter of justice in a sovereign country like Nigeria, no doubt, raises doubt as to the competence of Justice Nyako to effectively deliver justice to all.
This is necessitated by the action of Justice Binta Nyako who gave a defendant, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a bail and Mazi Kanu later disappeared following the invasion of his house by the Nigerian Army. This invasion caused the loss of lives of over 28 persons and the destruction of properties, houses and cars of the IPOB leader. What was expected from a Judge disposed to Justice for all was a thorough investigation of the incident and the asking of appropriate questions: Why the invasion? Why the militarization of a defendant’s residence without provocation? Why the deaths? Why the disappearance of the defendant?, etcetera. These questions were relevant particularly when the defendant had shown readiness to appear in court just two weeks from the date of the invasion. The court after all has a responsibility to protect all. Instead, the Fulani born and nurtured Islamic judge went on as if nothing happened.
This was despite the fact that the invasion on 14th of September 2017 at Afara-ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia in Abia State, when a battalion of Nigerian Army went to Nnamdi Kanu’s house and gunned down 28 souls, vandalising the house, cars and properties was public knowledge. That event was recorded live for the whole world to see. What baffles a lot of people is not only Justice Nyako’s failure to ask the right questions and bring the government to book but her continued quest that Kanu’s sureties must produce him. This shows her contempt for justice and her inability to defend the rule of law. Is there still the rule of law in Nigeria? Only Justice Nyako can provide answer to the above question. People in decent societies will be wondering what type of society Nigeria is and why Justice Nyako is mounting pressure on Kanu’s sureties to produce him when it is the federal government of Nigeria and the Army that should be on trial. The presence of government security agencies in Nnamdi Kanu’s community without a court order or provocation suggests no doubt that it was a well planned attempt to assassinate Mazi Nnamdi Kanu which would have been later covered up using kangaroo judicial processes to be aided by Justice Binta Nyako.
Had Nnamdi Kanu being assassinated on that fateful day, would Binta Nyako continue hearing the case? The answer is no because the defendant no longer exists. Why is she insisting on continuing the matter? It is in the habit of Hausa- Fulani to murder the elites of other regions because they believe that they are conquered regions. This strategy worked in the past leading to the death of the followings: Ken Saro Wiwa, Isaac Boro, Moshood Abiola, Dele Giwa and Ogoni Nine who fought to improve the lot of their own people under the oppressive Nigerian State. Nnamdi Kanu is simply insisting on the right of his people Biafrans, to self determination.
He is not armed and his people are using non-violent methods to achieve their Objectives: Freedom and the restoration-of-independence of Biafra. Considering the circumstances that led to his disappearanc, a place fortified with armoured vehicles and jet fighters hovering on air, only God could have allowed the intelligence of common men from the East to guide Kanu to exit safely onwards to the land of Israel. All the machinations of the federal government failed, making a mockery of the Nigerian state and it’s justice system. No matter the years, months, weeks, days and times, justice must surely prevail. Though they killed Biafrans but the day of reckoning is fast approaching and nobody who intentionally executed this will go unpunished. The world which is mute over this injustice must be ready for the consequences when the wheel of Justice drives home.
Biafrans must refuse to be intimidated by Hausa-Fulani soldiers trying to enforce their continued forceful occupation of Biafraland using the judiciary and other extra legal means .The people of old eastern states also known as Biafra should come together as one by joining hands with IPOB to liberate our land from the hands of soldiers of Hausa-Fulani oligarchy. As Biafrans continue their quest for freedom under the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu led IPOB, we implore the world and humanity to continue to find answers to the question: Did Justice Binta Nyako grant bail to Nnamdi Kanu to be killed extrajudicially?