Meet us at S’Court or release our leader, Kanu –IPOB tells FG

…says stop hiding under endless adjournments

Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, has called on the Nigerian government to prosecutes its (government) appeal at the Supreme Court against the order setting Mazi Nnamdi Kanu free or release him forthwith.

It also called on the Nigerian government to stop hiding under endless adjournments to run away from the court.

IPOB in a statement on Tuesday, by its Media and Publicity Secretary, Mr. Emma Powerful, said:

“IPOB ably led by our supreme leader, Kanu wishes once again to reiterate what the Federal Government and the Supreme Court are doing towards the continued illegal detention of Kanu in the custody of the Department of State Service, DSS in Abuja, Nigeria.

Supreme Court of Nigeria

“It is obvious that the Federal Government of Nigeria has literally abandoned their appeal against our supreme leader, Kanu at the Supreme Court of Nigeria because they have no case against an honest man devoted to the emancipation of the oppressed and down-troding in our society.

“This being the biggest court case in the history of Nigeria, it is the duty of government to insist on diligent prosecution of the case, rather than running away from their own court.

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“It is laughable that the person being prosecuted by the Federal Government is the person asking them to come to court. Is this not bizarre?

“What is it that Federal Government is afraid of in pursuing a case they themselves brought at the Supreme Court against Kanu?

“We would like to know, since the Federal Government and the Judiciary are reluctant to hear this matter, is there any higher authority available to our leader to Appeal to since it is not likely that the Supreme Court of Nigeria will ever hear this matter.

“It has come to our knowledge that a lot of the public discourse surrounding the legal issues at the heart of this case is fueled by ignorance in some quarters and blatant mischief making in others.

“Therefore, it had become incumbent upon the noble family of IPOB to put the record straight.

Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB

“All the faceless groups formed and sponsored by DSS for purposes of misinformation should be guided appropriately to enable them appreciate the fact at play in this case before embarking on their usual frivolity and misinformation.

“We make bold to say that the Supreme Court appears to be encouraging the illegal detention of our leader without any charge by failing to fix a date to hear a matter they had already sat twice over.

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“This is unheard of Supreme Court own rules provides for accelerated hearing, why is this rule not been adhered to in a matter of this magnitude where Kanu has already been discharged by the Appeal Court of Nigeria.

“Not many people know that it was the Federal Government that approached her own Supreme Court to challenge the judgement of the Appeal Court that discharged our leader.

“So, we are at a loss to understand what the delay at the Supreme Court is all about, unless they are under strict instructions from the presidency not to hear the matter before them.

“If this is the case the Federal Government of Nigeria should be magnanimous enough to accept defeat. We can assure the Federal Government that we shall accept with all humility this inescapable reality.

“Our leader, Kanu is still being illegally held in a solitary confinement of the State Security Services, SSS, in their Abuja dungeon on the pleasure of the Federal Government, despite being discharged by a competent penultimate court in Nigeria.

“This clearly constitutes the gravest infraction of the laws and constitution of Nigeria, on the face of specific and clear pronouncement by the Appellate Court that Kanu should be released unconditionally and barred his further prosecution or trial before any court in Nigeria.

“Implicit in the above, therefore, is the fact that Kanu’s continued detention is arbitrary, unconstitutional and illegal since he is not currently undergoing any trial before any court on any indictment whatsoever.

“The unfolding event at the Supreme Court with particular reference to the cancellation of the originally scheduled date for the hearing of the Federal Government’s appeal before the Supreme Court, is an indication that the Federal Government is hiding under the guise that the detention of our leader is lawful by relying on the unprecedented and unconstitutional order for stay of execution granted by the Mallami constituted panel headed by Justice Tsanami, but fails to understand that it is common knowledge and kindergarten law that no court worth its salt can stay a declaratory judgment of self-same court.

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“In extant criminal jurisprudence as practice in Nigeria, stay of execution is unknown to criminal law jurisprudence.

“It is to be clearly stated that our leader, Kanu, is the first and only person in the history of the Sharia Legal Code, British Common Law (which Nigeria practices) or any other Legal Code, to remain in detention after been discharged by a competent court of law.

“The Justice Tsamani led panel is the first panel of jurist since God created the world, to stay the liberty of a defendant discharged by a competent court of law. This has never happened in the history of mankind.

“Furthermore, the abhorrence for our leader, Kanu by the Federal Government is ceaselessly fueling the blind and ill-informed destruction of the basic laws and safeguards contained in the Constitution of Nigeria.

“The basic safeguards enshrined in all ancient legal codes starting from Hammurabi, Mosaic law, Sharia law to Magna Carta, to English Common Law of King Edward the First in 1272, our leader remains the one and only person in the history of mankind to remain in detention after being discharged yet awaiting the validation of his release by a Superior Court.

“What Mallami used Justice Tsamani to achieve is a reversal of the irreducible principle enshrined in the above ancient codes, which has now been destroyed by the Mallami appointed panel of Justices.

“It is on record that it took Mallami and his panel only eight days to obtain a stay of execution, detaining our leader, Kanu without a charge, but sadly, it is now over one year, and the Appeal filed by the same Federal Government at the Supreme Court is yet to be heard, if at all the case will ever be heard.

“It is worthy to note, that the same unreasonable and wicked delay has led to the rolling adjournment of our appeal against the IPOB proscription, which has been pending before the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal since April 2018.

“The same Federal Government that illegally tagged the IPOB as a terrorist organization have refused to come to Abuja to meet the IPOB in their own court.

“This is because they have no case against the IPOB and cannot justify the legal basis for the politically motivated proscription of the IPOB.

“It is perverse for a government to be running from their own Court after obtaining kangaroo judgment.

“We are, therefore, calling on powers that be to stop being afraid of our leader, Kanu and have some decency to either prosecute their appeal at the Supreme Court or set him free.”

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