What Nnamdi Kanu Said About the Case of Treason Filed Against Him and Others by FG

Biafra leader marching out of court

Yesterday being December 23, 2015 was an epoch making day in the history of the judicial system of Nigeria as well as the federal government, following the arraignment of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and director of Radio Biafra in court over the case of treason. 

Upon violating the orders of the Magistrate Court that sat in Abuja which had earlier on ordered for the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu, the federal government of Nigeria using the arm of the DSS proceeded to the Federal High Court.

DSS had received a secret order from the Federal High Court that authorising them to detain the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra for ninety (90) days.

 The counsel of the prosecutor may have boosted their confidence that charging Nnamdi Kanu of terrorism crime will be the fastest way to nail him for life but unfortunately, it brought more disgrace to the Federal government and popularity to Nnamdi Kanu.

 In similar manner like the Magistrate Court, the Judge hearing the case ordered for the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu. 

Uncomfortable with the verdict of the Federal High Court, DSS violated the court order again, detained Nnamdi Kanu for another 7 days before slamming him and two (2) others of treasonable felony, in which they stated that the said Nnamdi Kanu was trying to create a new nation called Biafra from Nigerian map.

However, Nnamdi Kanu still appeared before the court but refused to stand the trial. And he said;

Your lordship, previous court rulings have been given by courts of competent jurisdiction in this country Nigeria which were not carried out by the DSS, I will not sacrifice the due process of law because of speedy court process over the principle of natural process on the altar of speedy release. In other words, I would rather remain in detention than subject myself to a trial that I know amounts to perversion of justice".

In response to Nnamdi Kanu’s objection to stand the trial as he stated above, the counsel to the prosecution, who is also the Federal Director of Prosecution, office of the Attorney General, Mohamed Diri, told the court that based on section  396 (2) of the constitution, the defendant had no right to object to being tried by the court until after the plea is heard.

But the judge said he was standing down from the case, saying Mr. Kanu had the right to reject the trial, “after all justice is rooted on confidence”.

“If any of the parties has no confidence in the court, he has the right to say so”, Mr. Mohammed ruled.

Justice Ahmed Mohammed noted that the prosecution would have done the same thing if they were in Nnamdi Kanu’s shoes.

“Assuming it was the prosecution, if they had no confidence in the court of jurisdiction; would they not have done so?”

“I hereby remit the case file to the honourable chief judge of this court to reassign it,” the judge said.

It is now clear why Nnamdi Kanu pulls crowd and command respect across all tribes and people.