Mazi Nnamdi Kanu & His Lawyers.
By Ejike Ikezuagu – UK.
The Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in his statement yesterday in the court after the refusal of his bail application, has asked the Biafran people to remain calm and peaceful.
Kanu said this when asked if he was disappointed with the ruling, he said, no, no, no, not at all, and rhetorically queried, “What do you expect”?
He maintained, saying, “I want our people to be very calm and peaceful, I want our Biafra land to be calm and very peaceful, calm and very peaceful”.
He continued, “We are fighting to defend our people, not to kill them, we are fighting to defend them, that is why I’ am here, and I will continue to do, until we get victory” he concluded.
It should be recalled that Justice Binta Nyako in her previous ruling delivered on the 18th of May 2022 on application for the bail of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu directed the Counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to provide her with the information as what led to the disappearance of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from September 2017 until 2021, requesting that it is important for her to inquire the circumstances that led to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s inability to be in the court to face his trial.
The lead Counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN reminded Justice Nyako that an application anchored on the bloody invasion of Nnamdi Kanu’s home on the 14th day of September 2017 which clearly contained facts as verified on oath by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has been pending in the court since April 2019, it was filed.
Chief Mike Ozekhome requested the court to vacate the bench warrant issued against Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and consequently vacate the order revoking his bail, on the ground that this far-reaching order was made without jurisdiction in the absence of hearing.
It took the court about ten minutes to find the application from its record while the prosecutor couldn’t find the Counter Affidavit they filled. It was at this stage that the Counsel to Mazi Mazi Nnamdi Kanu provided them a copy from their file to ensure that the application was heard.
As this was happening in the court, it was believed by various stakeholders that it was a way to frustrate the bail application for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
Justice Binta Nyako maintained that she will hear the application before finally revisiting the bail application, if not, according to her, it is premature.
The application for stay was granted and matter adjourned to the 14th day of November 2022 for mention, by which time, the Court of Appeal would have taken a decision, one way or the other, on the matter before it.
The Counsel to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has filed the Appellant’s brief, and promptly served same on the Federal Government of Nigeria, followed by application for accelerated hearing under the Court of Appeal (Fast Track) Practice direction. The appeal has now been adjourned to the 11th day of October 2022, for hearing of the motion for accelerated Hearing. The appeal has now been adjourned to the 11th day of October 2022, for hearing of the motion for accelerated Hearing.