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Nnamdi Kanu: Why There Will Be No Trial On Monday—IPOB Leader’s Lawyer

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No Kanu Trial On Monday

What Nigerians should expect on Monday in the Federal High Court in Abuja, according to Aloy Ejimakor, legal counsel for Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), “is not a trial but what lawyers call’taking a plea.”

In an exclusive interview with SaharaReporters on Sunday, Ejimakor stated this while discussing his predictions for Kanu’s upcoming trial.

The Nigerian government will have no choice but to engage in talks with the pro-Biafra separatist leader, according to the legal practitioner, because the Nigerian 1999 Constitution guarantees self-determination and the right to life.

He, on the other hand, urged followers of the arrested IPOB leader not to break the law as they prepare to invade Abuja to show solidarity.

 

Speaking on what to expect, Ejimakor said, “My message to all supporters of self-determination and even to the Nigerian government is simple and that is: Everybody should be guided by the rule of law pertinent to why Nnamdi Kanu is facing these tribulations.

 

“That pertinent rule of law is clearly stated at CAP A9, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, where it is stated at Article 20 that: All peoples shall have the right to existence. They shall have the unquestionable and inalienable right to self-determination. They shall freely determine their political status and shall pursue their economic and social development according to the policy they have freely chosen.

 

“Above is the fulcrum of every other crime the Nigerian government is alleging against Kanu. Therefore, once the government recognises that what is driving Kanu is recognised or protected by the laws of Nigeria, it will see that the only option is to pursue the path of dialogue, instead of this fruitless trial of Kanu or the levying of violence against IPOB members.

 

“I am saying this because the same law that legalises self-determination also requires the federal government to accommodate it. Article 1 of that law provides that Nigeria ‘shall recognise the rights, duties, and freedoms enshrined in the Charter and shall undertake to adopt legislative or other measures to give effect to them.'”

 

The lawyer also stated that he expects to be ironed out, the application against Kanu’s transfer from the custody of the secret police to prison custody for him to have better medical care.

 

“What is expected on Monday is not a trial but what lawyers call ‘taking a plea’. But going by what the Attorney General (Abubakar Malami) has been saying, there is a real prospect of a re-arraignment on the amended charges that may be brought.

 

“Should that happen, the most natural reaction is to take an adjournment to study the new charges and advise the defendant on how to plea. In such an event, the court is expected to use the opportunity to dispose of any interlocutory applications that are pending.

 

“In this case, the application expected to be disposed of is the one concerning the transfer of Kanu from DSS custody to prison custody where it is hoped that better medical care and social contact will be available to him,” Ejimakor said.

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I Cannot Do Anything To Release Nnamdi Kanu, He Should Go Ahead And Defend Himself In The Court – Buhari Finally Breaks Silence

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The President of Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mohammadu Buhari has categorically made it clear that he can not release the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who is currently in DSS custody.

Remember that the Eastern leader and some traditional ruler had previous gone to Aso Villa Abuja in respect to seek for the release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

In response, The president earlier assured them that he will consider their request but didn’t state if he will be released or not.

Going forward, in a recent publication by Punch Newspaper, the Commander in chief of Nigeria armed forces, Buhari has openly come out to stated vividly that he cannot do anything to free IPOB leader, urging that he should go ahead and defend himself in the court of law.

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Stop celebrating just because Army killed bandit leader, wait until they crush all of them which I know Nigerian soldiers Cannot – renowned Islamic Leader, Gumi Says

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As the nation celebrated onslaught by the Nigerian military in decimating bandits who continued to make life unbearable to many citizens, especially the recent bombing by Nigerian Airforce jets in Zamfara where two bandit leaders were reportedly killed,the camp of renowned Islamic Sheikh, Dr.Ahmad Abubakar Gumi has called on the military to further convince the public by showing evidence.

A member of the Gumi camp and traditional title holder of ‘Dan Iyan Fika in Yobe State, Alhaji Tukur Mamu, told journalists in an interview, that “the simple question is that we should ask ourselves…for example these reports that they are saying that they’ve bombarded this camp and that camp,is there any evidence on the ground?”

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Declare ‘Golden Dawn’ Operation In Niger, Kaduna States Under Bandits, Terrorists — IPOB Tells Nigerian Army

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The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has condemned the Nigerian Army for launching Operation Golden Dawn in the South-East region of the country.

The group alleged that the operation was another scheme of the military men to embark on a killing spree of residents of the region, similar to what was done with Python Dance in which many lives were lost in 2017.

According to IPOB, it is disgraceful that the military operatives leave Northern Nigeria that is being ravaged with terrorism and banditry, only to concentrate on the South-East and other southern regions.

In a statement by Emma Powerful and obtained by SaharaReporters on Wednesday, IPOB berated political leaders in the region for not speaking against the operation.

The statement partly read, “This operation is another round of secret genocide akin to the infamous Python Dance by the Nigerian Army. This is another ploy by the military to continue their reckless killing of Igbo youths just because we want to have our independence.

“We wonder why a special military operation would be launched in the South-East why the same military has looked away from Kaduna, Niger and other northern states which have become a slaughter ground by Fulani bandits and terrorists decimating Christian communities almost unchallenged.

“The level of insecurity in South-East which of course was created by the same Nigeria security agencies is a far cry to the state of near-anarchy in the northern region. Why is it during special military operations that the Fulani controlled federal government remembers South East but when it has to do with infrastructure and appointments they go North?

“Our message to the operatives deployed for this wicked special operation is to make sure they don’t kill any innocent Biafran or IPOB member. If they know where the bandits were created to wreak havoc in the South-East, let them face them. But any day they touch innocent Biafrans in South-East, they will regret their action.

“They should be ashamed of themselves that even soldiers are being killed by Fulani bandits in the North but they are here declaring a special operation in a relatively peaceful region.

“We pity South-East politicians and the political elite who lack understanding of the times. They are only after their political interest in 2023.”

Recall that the Nigerian Army on Sunday announced special military exercises in the South-East, South-West and South-South regions of the country, codenamed ‘Golden Dawn’, ‘Enduring Peace’, and ‘Still Water.’

The army spokesperson, Onyema Nwachukwu, on Sunday, said Faruk Yahaya, the Chief of Army Staff, will perform the flag-off in Enugu State.

He had said the exercises, which were routine, were to stem the tide of criminality as the yuletide approached.

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