Sunday, October 17, 2021

Nigerians encourage government to sustain tempo of best practices in Kanu’s trial



As hearing in the case against leader of the Indigenous people of biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu resumes, Nigerians have implored the state to sustain the tempo of towing the path of justice till the end.

They stressed that nothing must be done to give strength to comments that the trial is a witch hunt

Orange FM’s Odunayo Odeja who is tracking the trial reports that stakeholders predict a difficult time for Kanu saying his clamour for secession contravenes the constitution of the country.

In 2012 Nnamdi Kanu formed a group called Indigenous people of Biafra IPOB demanding secession from Nigeria.

The activities of IPOB had comprised mostly of organising street rallies in South-eastern Nigeria and Kanu’s daily, inciting outbursts on Radio Biafra, a propaganda radio station he established in 2009.

In October 2015, during a visit to Nigeria, Kanu was arrested and charged with criminal conspiracy, intimidation and membership of an illegal organisation.

He was later flown to Abuja where he was detained without trial for over a year and was granted bail 18 months later on health grounds.

His bail conditions stated that Kanu must not hold rallies, must not grant interviews, must not be in a crowd of more than 10 people, must provide three sureties in the sum of N100m, each, one of whom must be a highly respected citizen and he must deposit both his Nigerian and British passports with the court.

However, Kanu jumped bail and travelled abroad.

In 2019, his bail was revoked by the Nigerian Court And he was declared wanted.

The judge said she gave the order because of Kanu’s repeated failure to attend his trial. .

Last month Kanu was arrested and extradited to Nigeria to face trial for alleged treason after he had jumped bail since 2017.

Speaking on his secessionist agenda a lawyer, Yemi Adetoyinbo said his step contravenes the law and Court of competent jurisdiction will do proper justice to the case.

Another lawyer, Olasimbo Fasesin said it’s both immoral and criminal to jump bail according to the law.

A security consultant, Abuh Adams said DSS has taken a right step in arresting Nnamdi Kanu and it has followed the standard practice according to international law.

A public affairs commentator, Rotimi Ogunleye condemned the people saying the arrest was a witch-hunt but urged government to take necessary steps in address the issues people are clamouring for.

The case which started last week has been adjourned to October 21 for continuation of hearing.