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Revocation Of Kanu’s Bail Unfair, Unjust; Unethical, Insensitive — HURIWA


A prominent Non-Governmental organisation – Human Rights Writers Association Of Nigeria (HURIWA) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to terminate the prosecution of the leader of the pro-Self-determination group – Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB), Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and the rest of the detained members but to opt for constructive national dialogues even as the Rights group carpeted the decision of the Federal High Court Abuja division to revoke the bail which it granted the director of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu who holds a British citizenship.

HURIWA recalled that Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja Thursday revoked the bail granted to leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and consequently issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

HURIWA recalled that the Court claimed that the order was sequel to Kanu’s continued absence to face his trial since late 2017 even as the presiding judge Justice Bibra Muryallah- Nyako, in a bench ruling also held that the court will continue the trial of Kanu in absentia.

HURIWA recalled that the court reportedly claimed that the leader of IPOB was granted bail in April 25, 2017 on health ground, adding that the defendant had in the erroneously concluded perception of the court has failed to appear for trial since November.

HURIWA recalled that Prince Nnamdi Kanu and four others were arraigned before a Federal High Court in Abuja on a six-count criminal allegations bordering on treasonable felony in June 2016.

HURIWA however condemned the decision of the Court to revoke the bail it granted Nnamdi Kanu without any recourse to the circumstances that occasioned the reported disappearance of the leader of IPOB.

The Rights group said it was inconceivable that a minister in the supposed temple of justice could take this far- reaching decision without even considering the fact that the person the security forces have been tasked to re-arrest was the same individual who narrowly escaped being eliminated when well-armed military forces invaded his Country home and destroyed a lot of the housing assets and killed gruesomely and wantonly an undetermined number of individuals and pets/animals who were in the expansive premises in Umuahia the Capital of Abia state in South East of Nigeria leading to the mysterious disappearances of Nnamdi Kanu, his Parents, who are the Custodians of the royal stool, of his community and who have never been sighted till date.

Those who were slaughtered during the raid code named Operation python dance 2 have also been denied justice.

HURIWA said it would have been just and fair if the Court had directed her anger at the heads of the security forces and President Muhammadu Buhari who ordered the crackdown of the unarmed members of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) including the dastardly unprovoked violent attacks and invasions of the premises and living quarters of Prince Nnamdi Kanu resulting in the disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu.

HURIWA wondered what the Court would have done if the said illegal military invasion of the living premises of  a man (Nnamdi Kanu)  who is on bail on health ground had resulted in his actual death just as the Rights group said the revocation of the bail granted Nnamdi Kanu demonstrated that some persons in Nigeria may be because of their Ethnicity; religion or cultural affiliations are treated as inferior beings because what the court of law as the temple of justice ought to do in the prevailing circumstances is to apportion appropriate blames and judicial sanctions on the authorities of the executive arm of government including the President who ordered the illegal attacks on the housing assets of Nnamdi Kanu who was on bail granted him by the Federal High Court.

No one is above the law including Mr President because he subscribed to a constitutional ought to obey the constitution and section 6 of the grund norm gives the courts of competent jurisdictions the judicial powers of the federation.

The invasion of the premises of Nnamdi Kanu who was on bail from a court of law amounted to a breach of the constitution.

Revoking his bail because he managed to stay alive after escaping the rampage by the armed security forces which threatened his life and killed many of his family members and organisational members, amounted to the court rewarding the military and President Muhammadu Buhari for their unlawful and treacherous behaviours, HURIWA affirmed.

“HURIWA is of the considered opinion that the decision of the Federal High Court in revoking the bail was baseless; heartless; insensitive; illegal and unlawful and should be reviewed and revoked forthwith. The revocation of the bail is discriminatory and unconstitutional”.

HURIWA also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to end the unjust persecution of members of the totally unarmed members of IPOB whose thousands of members have been slaughtered in several unprovoked attacks by armed security forces just for staging peaceful  rallies to drum up support for their advocacy for self-determination which is permitted by universal laws including the Universal declaration of human rights and the International Covenants on civil and political Rights.

“We call on government to convoke a national peace and conflicts resolutions commission so as to bring all ethnic groups and religious groups to a meaningful dialogues to take far reaching implementable decisions on how to restructure the Country in such a way that no particular groups would be made to feel that they are unwanted in the federation through criminally skewed policies and appointments that put them at a disadvantage.”

“The President must change his lopsided top level security appointments so all religious and ethnic groups are represented in a fair, balanced and just manners”.

“The President should therefore direct his Attorney General and minister of justice to terminate the unjust prosecution of leaders and members of IPOB and set their members free even as security forces who committed extralegal killings must be prosecuted for crimes against humanity.”

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