OCTOBER 26, 2016 – The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and its Directorate of States, DOS, on Tuesday, kicked against the appointment of Justice Binta F. M. Nyako as the new trial judge for the case involving its leader and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu and others.
In a statement issued on Tuesday in Nnewi by IPOB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, the Biafra group alleged that Justice Nyako is a sister to President Muhammadu Buhari and also come from the same state with the President.
IPOB, however, stated that it does not have any grudges against Justice Nyako, who it described as an erudite judge that had sat on notable cases, but that being a sister to the President and coming from the same state with him will definitely make her dance to the tune of the President, who they said was “bent on convicting our leader, Mr. Kanu.”
IPOB further stated that Justice Nyako had started showing that she was going to be biased by fixing November 8, the same date Economic Community Court of Justice, ECOWAS, court fixed for further hearing of Mr. Kanu’s case as the date for her own court hearing. The IPOB statement read: “We, IPOB and DOS, worldwide wish to alert the public and the world over the assignment of a new trial judge for our leader Mr. Nnamdi Kanu by the Chief Justice of the Nigeria.
“The appointment of Justice Binta F. M. Nyako as the trial judge for Mazi Kanu’s case was masterminded by the Federal Government, and the appointment came after the harassment and intimidation of judges, who were working tirelessly to address the injustice perpetrated by the government of the day against our leader and some perceived enemies of the government.
“In as much as IPOB has no grudges against Nyako, being aware that she is an erudite judge, who has sat over landmark cases, but with the current harassment of judges and the Federal Government’s interest in the case against our leader, we do not rule out bias by her in handling our leader’s case.”