Written by Ken Pat
It has come to the knowledge of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that Justice Ademola’s arrest is in association with the unconditional bail he had earlier granted Nnamdi Kanu which the Federal Government rejected.
A statement by IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, noted that Kanu has spent one year in detention illegally while the court of competent jurisdiction granted him unconditional release on 16th and 17th December 2015, by magistrate and federal high court Abuja but since then federal government, APC and the DSS were still holding him and others in prison custody.
He urged Biafrans to be resolute and determine towards the restoration of the God’s own project which is Biafra republic, saying that the project was ordained by God Almighty. Powerful stated that Biafra will be a country where people of Africa will benefit, ‘the Africa will be technologically, economically, politically and spiritually free through the new republic’.
“However, we are aware of the systematic way of delaying the members of IPOB who were detained illegally in all the prisons and security cells across the country”. In a related development, Kanu has sued the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and the Department of State Services (DSS) for contempt of court over failure of the federal government to release him from detention.
On December 17, 2015, Justice Adeniyi Ademola, a judge of the Federal High Court ordered Kanu’s unconditional release of Kanu. In a statement at the weekend, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to Kanu, linked the continued detention of the IPOB leader to President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment at the presidential media chat on December 30, 2015, where he said no court would grant him bail.
“The order made on December 17, 2016, by Justice A.F.A. Ademola, directing the unconditional release of Nnamdi Kanu was served on the Department of State Services (DSS) that same day the order was made,” he said. “Still, the DSS failed, refused and/or neglected to obey the order directing the unconditional release of Kanu, apparently due to reasons best known to them, which has no justification under any law.
IPOB said none of the affected institutions of the government affected by the order or the Federal Government has lodged an appeal against the order directing the unconditional release of Kanu. Ademola was one of the judges arrested by the DSS on Saturday on the allegation of corruption.
Also, note that President Buhari had appealed the ruling of Justice Ademola over his dismissed preliminary objection in a case filed by an Abuja-based lawyer, Mr. Nnamdi Nwokocha Ahaaiwe in May. Ahaaiwe later withdrew the case from the court saying he was receiving to his life and family. With these, it has become evidently clear that President Buhari is muffling justice. Arresting judges who refuse to yield to his desire to incarcerate innocent citizens like Nnamdi Kanu.
Editor: Uchechi Collins
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