March 7th, 2016
IPOB Press Release
HON. JUSTICE JOHN TSOHO AND HIS RIDICULING OF THE JUDICIARY
Today, Hon. Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja Federal High Court Three continued in his bizarre approach to the adjudicaton of the case between Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Federal Government of Nigeria respresented by the Department of State Services (DSS). Recall that on the 29th of January 2016, this Judge refused to grant bail to Mazi Nnamdi citing the following reasons:
1) That Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was a threat to national security.
2) That if released, Nnamdi Kanu might commit the same offence again.
3) That there was a probability that Nnamdi Kanu might jump bail because he possessed dual citizenship.
The world must be notified that up to this day (March 7, 2016), Hon. Justice John Tsoho has refused to sign the original copy of the aforesaid ruling. Our legal team requires the signed copy of the Judge‘s ruling in order to file an appeal that would vacate his judgment.
On February 19, 2016, The Hon. Justice John Tsoho ruled against a secret trial of Nnamdi Kanu. Strangely today, The Hon. Justice Tsoho has reversed himself of the ruling he gave on the 19th of February 2016 without an appeal from the prosecutor. The Hon. Justice John Tsoho is ridiculing the Nigerian legal system by quoting unrelated Ivorian law in a Francophone country practicing a different legal system to that which obtains in Nigeria. In justifying his shameful U-turn on his previous ruling, this Judge who appears to be under serious pressure from Aso Rock (Muhammadu Buhari), ruled that witnesses should be hidden from the court.
Furthermore, it is riduculous to hear the DSS lying in court about the abduction of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by his mother and two siblings. Are we being made to understand that the DSS is so inept that an unarmed old woman and her two unarmed children will be able to abduct Mazi Nnamdi Kanu while they (DSS) that are fully armed guarding Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will be overpowered?
How can we trust a judge that rules one way and changes his mind at the next sitting? The Nigerian Judiciary should derobe Hon. Justice John Tsoho as he is now an international embarrassment to the legal profession.
Without appealing a court ruling, this Judge changed his mind thereby turning his previous ruling upside down without adherence to the appeal process. Biafrans do not have any iota of trust in the capability of Hon. Justice John Tsoho to handle such high-profile case because his blatant disregard for rule of law and it’s judicious interpretation in this matter is becoming alarming. This Judge is acting like the prosecuting attorney rather than a Judge. All over the world, reasonable people will be wondering where this Judge comes from.
We have no trust in his continued participation in this matter and advice the Chief Judge of the Abuja High Court to replace him with immediate effect. The Hon. Justice John Tsoho is a bumbling disgrace to the legal profession. He has been sent by Muhammadu Buhari with the mandate to jail Nnamdi Kanu and with the prize of becoming the next Chief Judge of the Federal High Court since he is next in line after the upcoming retirement of the only two Judges above him.
On a personal note, we advice Hon. Justice John Tsoho to volutarily remove himself from this case because he is obviously compromised and he lacks the integrity and moral trust to handle this case as an impartial Judge.
Barrister Emma Nmezu. Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya
Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)