By Ogechukwu Ubah (Abia Writers)
Edited by Livingrich Ezeikpe
The ECOWAS Court sitting in Bamako Mali to hear the case between the Indigenous peoples of Biafra (IPOB) and Nigerian government is expected to give justice a chance. It is well known that justice delayed is justice denied. Let it not be like the drama that has been playing out in the Federal High Court Abuja over the years. Nigerian government knows very well that they have no evidence against IPOB, hence the use of secret trial, masked witnesses, trial by Sharia law and series of adjournments. Since IPOB cannot get justice in the federal high court and the ECOWAS court is seriously intimidated in Abuja Nigeria, they decided to take the case to Mali. We hope justice will prevail in Bamako Mali.

The International community, the International Criminal Court (ICC), His Excellency, Judge Chile Eboe – Osuji, should please use his good office to monitor this case to ensure that the Judges are not influenced by corrupt Nigerian Leaders. Any ruling given in that court must not be disobeyed like the previous ones. It is the disobedience of the Nigerian government to the rulings of Nigerian courts that is still keeping Bright Chimezie, in detention because he has been granted bail by a court of competent jurisdiction. His co-defendants Chidiebere Onwudiwe, Benjamin Nmadubugwu, David Nwawuisi, etc. are still in detention for more than two years because Nigerian courts are not independent, they are controlled by the executive.

Their cases have witnessed series of adjournments and this is unfair. In the ECOWAS Court, the case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu/IPOB vs Federal Government is overdue; it is time to decide it once and for all. What has been happening in Nigeria should not repeat itself in Mail. Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous people of Biafra (IPOB) filed this case in ECOWAS Court on March 2016, because of the injustices, abuse of judiciary and human Rights violations he found in the Nigerian judicial system as exemplified in the operations of the Nigerian Federal high court Abuja. The essence of establishing the ECOWAS Court among other things is to protect the Fundamental Rights of the citizens of member countries of which Nigeria is one. In deciding these cases, IPOB is expecting ECOWAS Court in Mali to be transparent enough for even the blind to see.

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