■ Author: Ugochinyere Onyechere
■ Twitter: @Umuchiukwu_writ
■ January 10, 2017Umuchiukwu writers correspondents have gathered all the necessary updates, regarding the court proceedings in today's court, being the 10th day of January 2017.
Biafrans were seen on the court in high numbers, fearless and resolute before the opening of the court. The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, His Excellency, Nnamdi Kanu, arrived the Federal High Court Abuja, exactly by 10:30 am. Before his arrival, the Nigerian DSS had denied Biafrans entrance into the courtroom, stating that the order was given from above. They carried out a violent obstruction, leading to the humiliation of one of our brother who committed no crime, coupled with the kidnap of one of our journalist, Cynthia Anyikwa by name, who was released due to the actions by Prince Emmanuel Kanu.
Biafran journalists were prevented from going inside the court, infusing operation media blackout. When the trial kicked off, the presiding judge, Justice Binta Nyanko, insisted that the secret trial which was ruled by her on the recent court case dated 13th December 2016, must kick off, since the types of equipment needed for the trial have all been provided in the courtroom. The leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra mazi Nnamdi Kanu fearlessly persisted that he must not be tried secretly. This made the judge, to abandon the case, while she got some relief outside, making her confused than ever. This resulted to the adjournment of the court case, to 12th January 2017.
Following the press statement from one of the counsels to the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, counsel Ifeanyi Ejiofor granted to the Biafran journalists, outside the courtroom, he was candid and forward, stressing that mazi Nnamdi Kanu can never be tried in secret. He stressed further that the war has just begun because we have been playing childishly with the Nigerian government previously.
He (Barrister Ejiofor Ifeanyi) also, stated that they have filed two applications against the judge.The first application, called prior objection, to challenge the charge before the court, that the pro-evidence attached to the charge which is the statement that they are testifying against Nnamdi Kanu, via secret trial, or trial behind the screen, must not be sustainable towards the allegation against him, again that the court must terminate the charge in order to release him.
He stressed further that the Nigerian government planned to use mask witnesses against Nnamdi Kanu today, but failed before our preparation ahead of them in a hundred folds. He further stated that the aim of the federal government was to try him (Nnamdi Kanu) and jail him, but we have stood up on our firm, objecting such injustice against Biafrans. The second application is a file to appeal, against injustice Binta for denying Nnamdi Kanu bail application, which can be held any moment from today, which also includes the challenge of the competency of the charge. We are saying today, that Nnamdi Kanu can not be tried behind cameras. We are inviting the court to come and prove the charge because the pro-evidence attached to the charge is not sustainable. We are agreeably saying no to camera trial because IPOB is equal to the task.
Editor Udeagha Obasi
For Umuchiukwu writers.