JUST IN: FG plans to jail Kanu without trial, US lawyer alerts Ohanaeze
Bruce Fein, the United States-based lawyer of Nnamdi Kanu, has alerted the Ohanaeze Ndigbo that Nigeria plans to imprison the embattled leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra indefinitely without trial.
This was contained in a letter addressed to the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor on May 31, 2022, and made available to newsmen by Kanu’s Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, on Tuesday.
Fein lamented the arrest and repatriation of Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria in June 2021 as well as the amendment of the terrorism charges levelled against his client by the Nigerian government.
‘Kanu was kidnapped, tortured for several days, and extraordinarily renditioned from Nairobi to Abuja in a criminal conspiracy between Nigeria and Kenya.
“The conspiracy was part of an ongoing Nigerian genocide of Biafrans prohibited by the Genocide Convention. The aim is to exterminate them through killings, rape, plunder, starvation, theft of real and personal property, and collective denial of livelihood.” he said.
As seen in the letter, the international lawyer charged the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to “Face up to your legal and moral responsibilities as professed Biafran leaders. Do not show your heels when danger appears.”
He also lamented that Kanu’s “indefinite detention in solitary confinement and denied access to needed nutrition, medical care, and counsel of choice [is a] violation of international human rights law and the Nigerian Constitution.
“(The Fulani government notoriously honours the Constitution in the breach rather than in the observance). Nnamdi Kanu has also been denied his right to a public, prompt, and fair trial before an impartial judge.
“It has become obvious beyond a reasonable doubt that the Fulani zealots have no incriminating evidence against him. They aim to imprison Nnamdi Kanu indefinitely without a trial praying for either his death or handing his fraudulent prosecution to the next administration and wash their hand like Pontius Pilate.”
Fein added, “The prosecution climbed to a new level of farce on May 25, 2022. A bail hearing had been set by Justice Binta Nyako for May 26. Bail has been denied on the preposterous theory that Nnamdi Kanu previously jumped bail in September 2017 when he barely escaped an assassination attempt by exercising his inalienable right to self-preservation when Nigerian security forces riddled his residence with bullets murdering many others.
“An Abia High Court has awarded Nnamdi Kanu 5 billion naira for that flagrant and notorious violation of
“The day before the bail hearing, Justice Nyako announced through the court Registrar that she had become “indisposed” and had adjourned the case another month to June 28, 2022. Couldn’t the Justice concoct a better excuse, like affliction with Covid? Indisposed means a mild illness that passes in days. A more likely explanation is that Attorney-General Abubakar Malami, acting on the instructions of President Muhammadu Buhari, ordered Nyako to again postpone the proceedings because the prosecution has no case.
“Depend upon it. Without public denunciation of Nnamdi Kanu’s continued political persecution thundering like a hammer on an anvil demanding his release and a dismissal of the manufactured charges with prejudice, the June 28 bail hearing will also be postponed ad infinitum. Nnamdi Kanu’s cruel punishment without trial will persist in notorious violation of the Nigerian Constitution and international law.”
Kanu’s international lawyer added, “You collectively, have a legal and moral duty to speak out publicly against this travesty of justice that daily inflicts great misery on the Biafran people. Do not become traitors to the noble cause. Risk a tiny fraction of what Nnamdi Kanu has risked to regain Biafran sovereignty.
“It was stolen by the British over a century ago and the Fulani have refused to restore it by resorting to genocide.
“Silence is not acceptable. Neutrality between the firefighter and the fire is not an option. You cannot escape the judgment of history. Show you are made of sterner stuff than quislings.”