THE REINSTATEMENT OF SECRET TRIAL OF NNAMDI KANU AND THE INTRODUCTION OF SHARIA LAW: A PROVE NIGERIA IS AN ISLAMIC STATE
By Maxwell Chuks
For Family Writers
Though the law stated it quite clear that an accused is outrightly not guilty until proven guilty by a competent court of law; the present day government of Nigeria and security operatives declares someone guilty even before the accused is taken to the court of law. Same is the issue of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) who was arrested in October 2015 and pronounced guilty by President Muhammadu Buhari when the court of law was yet to deliberate on the case and pass final judgment. Moreover, Buhari further interfered and aggravated the issue by indirectly; through his statement during press briefing, ordering the DSS and Judiciary not to release or grant Nnamdi Kanu bail as required by the law. This vicious act of the president debauched the court proceedings in the case and as a result of the fear inflicted into the Judiciary, fair judgment have not taken place and the Nigeria judiciary have been delaying and playing games by deliberately reinstating quashed charges and postponing the case thereby continuously abusing the right of the accused.
The reinstatement of Secret trial and masked witnesses by Justice Binta Nyako, who earlier suspended it following a prima facie suit filed by Nnamdi Kanu’s counsel, Bar. Ifeanyi Ejiofor challenging the veracity of the charges leveled against the accused persons, shows how incompetent Justice Binta Nyako is to preside as a judge over a case and it is a great disgrace to the Nigeria judiciary who allowed itself to be manipulated and used by individuals and politicians for selfish interests.
Following the statement made by Binta Nyako in the court room when the defendant’s counsel Bar. Ejiofor countered the reinstatement of Secret trial, Nyako said and I quote: “I want you to understand that whether there is an application before this court or not, trial must go on. If the defending counsel applies more than hundred times, the secret trial must take place…nothing can change my ruling”. A critical look and understanding into that statement will prove to you that Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja is acting under an instruction which is to jail the accused (Nnamdi Kanu) by all means and she is not ready to pass fair judgment neither is she willing to allow Justice to prevail. To further clear the fact that Binta Nyako is determined to jail the accused persons; when one of the accused was asked to defend himself in court, the Judge did not allow him rather she kicked against that human right, saying she won’t allow him to speak because he sounds too vocal.
The Sharia law which Justice Binta Nyako employed as a support for secret trial, into a formal court of a democratic country where common/legal laws are practiced and where the general laws are not constructed on a religious basis, is another point of interest which reveals a lot. For demanding that the defending counsel must study Sharia Law upon which Nnamdi Kanu and other accused persons must be tried, is a clear indication and prove that Nigeria is Islamized else she would have known that sharia law is not compatible with democratic law. Even within the United States where voluntary systems of rabbinical courts and American Indian tribal courts have existed for some time, they have not intruded into the general legal system. Besides, Nnamdi Kanu and other accused person are not Muslims that the Sharia law should bind and the court of law involved in a formal court of a democratic country where legal and general law system is practiced.
There is no point to argue and there is no need to doubt the alarm raised earlier over plans to Islamize Nigeria because with these acts, Justice Binta Nyako and the Nigeria judiciary have Justified the fact that Nigeria is now officially an Islamic state. But let it clearly be stated that: as long as Nnamdi Kanu and Biafrans are concerned, we will never be Islamized neither will we be subjected to Sharia law.
Justice Binta Nyako and the Nigeria federation should note Biafrans have resolved that Nnamdi Kanu and others standing trial in court will never be allowed be tried with Sharia law which regulates all aspects of Muslim communal and private life, because they (Nnamdi Kanu and others, including all Biafrans) are not Muslims and the court is not officially a Sharia court. Days may count but let Nigeria government bear it in mind that Nnamdi Kanu and Biafrans shall never be subjected to any unconstitutional and illegal system they have or intend to introduce. It is ineluctable to state that Biafrans are determined to restore Biafra and that we must restore come what may!
Edited by Orji Munachimso
For Family Writers