July 27 2021 | Radio Biafra
Here is the summary of how it happened on the court case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, IPOB leader and the extraordinary rendition by Nigeria Government.
It started this way: “We are not going to tolerate any form of violence from the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) today. The security personnel are already on ground to deal with anyone who tries to ferment trouble within the court premises.”
“This is a just warning signal we are passing across to them because offenders will be severely punished ~Abubakar Malami (SAN).”
On the D-day, Abuja airport was already occupied by International bodies ahead of Kanu vs Nigeria Government case.
Tension became so high that roadblocks were mounted everywhere. Someone screamed: Come to Abuja and see for yourself, the spirit is high and so intoxicated.
It came to an extent that the Nigerian SSS invaded hotels, arrested two Americans for taking pictures of Federal High Court.
A Fulani Police Officer threatened Biafrans at Federal High Court Abuja with a pistol gun. He insisted that they should leave the Court premises. Some Biafrans were however arrested, and taken to unknown destination but unconfirmed report has it that they were later released. Yet other IPOB members, Biafrans and supporters stood their ground despite of the intimidation.
Inside the court room were ex-Anambra State Governor, Chief Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife seated and was waiting for the court proceedings.
Interestingly, some Northerners came all the way from Kano State to stand in solidarity with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. When asked why? They said Mazi Nnamdi Kanu means well for the entire Nigerians and through him, every indigenous Nigerians will be free.
Also, Ogene Music dancers were seen heading to the premises of Federal High Court Abuja drumming support for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Few minutes after, Sowore took another maximum support for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu as he appeared in court on Red Cap, but madly, the DSS arrested Sowore who came to cover MNKs trial, he was brutally beaten up and his cameras seized but was later released aftermath of the court’s adjournment.
Later, a black Toyota SUV appeared, as people were in high expectancy that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has just been brought to court by DSS.
When Journalists tried to find their way in, they were barred from covering event.
ABOUT MEDIA COVERAGE
The DSS shut the door on CNN international, Al Jazeera English, BBC, FRANCE 24, Voice of America – VOA, Fox News, CBN News, CNTV and all international TV and radio stations over Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s trial, but allowed BBC Hausa Service.
This is the reason. Amnesty International quickly issued a Press Release, and condemned Nigerian authorities for restriction of the number of journalists that can report the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), saying the trial is a restriction on access to information and an attempt to deny people the right to know. It also violates all fair hearing guarantees.
We call on the Nigerian authorities to respect the right to fair hearing and immediately lift the restriction and allow the media unhindered access to the court to do their job. This is yet another bizarre and unacceptable attack on the Nigerian media that must not stand Amnesty International stated.
However, after waiting for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to show face, the Federal High Court led by Binta Nyako adjourned the case till 21st of October 2021.
She warned; I would not continue this trial in absence of defendant Mazi Nnamdi Kanu – Justice Binta Nyako fumes on DSS for not producing Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
NNAMDI KANU’S COURT CASE: THE SOLIDARITY AS WITNESS AROUND THE GLOBE
For the sake of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Biafra Vs Nigeria case, Ahia Ohuru market was closed down in Aba in solidarity with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
The ever busy Ngwa and Obohia roads in Aba, Abia State on 26/07/21 were also shut down.
Onitsha main market was shut down completely in solidarity for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Nnewi market was in a total lock down, even old Onitsha road.
Ngbuka Obosi Market Onitsha was closed down.
For the very first time, Alaba Market was closed down in solidarity for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Note these markets were surprisingly lockdown in solidarity for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the IPOB leader without any order to do so officially by IPOB leadership.
Furthermore, there were mega protests across Europe and America for free Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Source: The Biafra Post
For: Radio Biafra Media