Following Justice John Tsoho’s resignation from the alleged treason case of Biafra agitator, Nnamdi Kanu, the Chief Justice of the Federation assigned the highly controversial case to another judge, Justice Binta F.M Nyako.
Nnamdi Kanu’s group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has condemned the act, stating that the new judge is related to Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, and therefore rulings might be compromised like in older scenarios.
According to a statement released by the group’s spokesman, Emma Powerful, on Tuesday:
“The IPOB raises alarm over the assignment of the new trial judge for Nnamdi Kanu. The appointment of Justice Hajiya Binta F.M Nyako as the trial judge for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case was masterminded by the government President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The appointment came after the harassment and the intimidation of the judges who were working tirelessly to address the country’s injustice, perpetrated by the government of the day in Nigeria.”
“Justice Hajiya Binta F.M Nyako was born on 14th day of May 1959; she is a sister to the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari; her state of origin is Katsina and her local government is Rimi. She became a judge on the 28 day of July 2000, and married to a man from Taraba state.
“The government of Nigeria assigned the case to her to make sure she jails Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who committed no crime against anybody in Nigeria.
“We are calling on international community and other wonderful men and women across the globe to mount their watch on the new trial judge assigned to be handling the case concerning the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB.
“Furthermore, we want to let the world understand that she has started by using the same date the ECOWAS court fixed, which is8th of November 2016.
“In line with this, the indigenous people of Biafra IPOB worldwide believe that there is no amount of blackmail, propaganda and intimidation that can stop the agitation for the Biafra, which God Almighty has ordained.”