The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) have warned against the trial of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu, under Sharia Law. The group said that since Kanu is a Christian,
the Federal High Court has no business citing any aspect of the Sharia Law in the his ongoing prosecution by the Federal Government.
IPOB accused Justice Binta Nyako of judicial somersault in ruling that Kanu and others would be tried secretly.
In a statement by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, IPOB alleged that: “Justice Nyako is biased and therefore should disqualify herself from handling the case; her withdrawal from the case has become imperative because we do not have any confidence that our leader and others standing trial in the matter will ever get justice as far as she continues to handle the case.”
“Her ruling on Monday proves to the entire world that the Nigerian government and Justice Binta Nyako are biased. The present government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should stop Islamising Nigeria; this is important because it is not only Muslims that are in Nigeria.”
“We are disturbed at the type of judicial somersault we are seeing in Justice Binta Nyako’s court. How can the same judge who ruled against the secret trial of our leader now turn around and proclaim to allow the ‘masquerades’ to testify against our leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and others?”
“Are they trying to apply Sharia Law in a matter that concerns a Christian? We are not going to allow the Sharia Law to prevail or be used in trying the Christians in Nigeria. Nigerians should stand up now before it is too late to challenge this injustice being perpetrated against Kanu and others”.
Justice Nyako had on Monday declared that the bail applications by Kanu’s lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, would not stall the trial of the accused who is still being prosecuted on her order predicated on the protection and shielding of witnesses.
“Nothing can change my order in the protection of the witnesses,” she had said.
The judge thereafter asked if Ejiofor studied a part of the Sharia Law while in school, stressing that if he had done so, he would have learned more about the protection of witnesses.
Justice Nyako added that Ejiofor would have also known that a woman’s identity is protected in court in the context of the Sharia Law.
She therefore held that the witnesses will wear masks and must not be facially identified, else the court will divide itself with a non-transparent material against public view. She added that as long as the witnesses are security agents, their identities will be protected for the sake of the future, while non-security agents will be seen by members of the public.
“I am not ready to jeopardise the protection of the security operatives,” she declared.