The Special counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Aloy Ejimakor, has lamented the handling of his client’s case by the Nigerian Government, stressing that he should not be in detention but be set free.
According to him, the Nigerian Government prefers to have Kanu locked up while bandits, armed Fulani herders, and terrorists are ravaging the country.
Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court, has sent back pro-Biafra agitator back to the Department of State Services (DSS), custody despite his application to be moved to the Correctional Centre in Kuje, Abuja.
Kanu’s lead Counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, had filed an application, seeking that the agitator be transferred from DSS custody, but the Judge rejected the appeal.
However, the Thursday, October 21 rejection by Justice Nyako made it the second time Kanu’s move to be transferred to Kuje Correctional Centre failed.
This ruling is coming a few months after the Nigeria’s intelligence community frowned against the demand to move Kanu to Kuje Prison from DSS custody.
Also, the intelligence community had warned that the motive to transfer Kanu may be connected to a “planned” jail break by the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its militant wing, Eastern Security Network (ESN).
Further, an officer had alleged that a grand plan of a massive attack on the Kuje Prison had been uncovered, adding that the Kuje Prison may not be able to withstand a coordinated intrusion.
Kanu’s Special counsel maintained that transferring Kanu from DSS custody to Kuje Correctional Centre should not be the issue but granting him freedom.
Ejimakor said: “The judge cited security considerations as a reason for rejecting the application. She said security situations would not warrant Kanu to be transferred from DSS to Kuje prison.
“As a lawyer, such agitations are almost never refused, but in my time as Kanu’s counsel, I have witnessed a certain trajectory of Government’s policies towards suppressing political opinion leaders. But Kanu’s case is almost always treated differently from every other Nigerian.
“He shouldn’t be in detention but he was renditioned; he shouldn’t have been arrested. If you ask me, he shouldn’t be switching places with the terrorists, herdsmen militants, and bandits ravaging Northern Nigeria and the Southern part of the country.
“Kanu should be set free. So, when we look at issues like that and leave them aside to start over-flogging issues of transferring him from administrative detention to correctional facility, then it’s an act of chasing shadows.
“Even in 2016, Kanu shouldn’t have been arrested, and in my opinion as a lawyer, those breaching the law of the nation to the extent of being arrested, tried in court, convicted, sentenced and imprisoned are those that are left to roam free; they are negotiating ransom openly with governors in the North, brandishing weapons in the North, while weaponless and unarmed Kanu who is courageous enough to express his political opinion that the Government of the day has decided to suppress using some sort of punishment, is locked up. This is the issue and part of the agitation in the Southern part of the country. Now it’s no longer Southeast, South-South, but we are also talking about Southwest. When is this going to stop?”
Also, the separatist group through its spokesman, Emma Powerful, stressed that the ruling was a “foul play.”
The IPOB group frowned at the decision of Justice Nyako to reject the application seeking transfer of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu, to Kuje prison.
It further accused Justice Nyako of doing the bidding of Fulanis by keeping their leader in DSS custody.
According to him, there are suspicions that Kanu may not get the justice he deserves under Justice Nyako, with the ruling.
He also maintained that the judge’s decision was against the fundamental human right of the group leader.
He said: “It is a foul play by the Fulani judge. Binta Nyako is perfecting Fulani bidding to jail Nnamdi Kanu, but that cannot happen. This is the second time our team of lawyers have demanded that Kanu be transferred to Kuje prison, but this woman rejected the demand.
“It is foul play, and we don’t think that Binta Nyako will deliver justice to our leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu; we are letting the world know that Kanu committed no crime by demanding freedom for his people.
“Boko Haram, Bandits and Fulani murderous herdsmen are doing what they feel will be good for their people. We don’t know why Binta Nyako refused to transfer our great leader to prison; this is purely against his fundamental rights.Aloy Ejimofor, Nnamdi Kanu