The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused the Buhari administration of frustrating the trial of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu through endless, continued adjournment and postponement of court cases involving IPOB in every Nigerian court including ECOWAS Court sitting in Abuja.
IPOB Secretary (Media And Publicity) Emma Powerful in a press release said wherever there is a court case pending between Nigeria and IPOB, the government has been deploying it’s executive powers to frustrate, through delays, the cases and in some instances to abandon it indefinitely.
The Nigerian judiciary and security operatives, he said, especially the Nigerian army and police, are using the legal system to detain IPOB members without trial, under the guise of adjournment upon adjournment on each of the ongoing cases from Abuja, to Aba, Umuahia, Uyo, Igweocha (Port Harcourt) and Enugu.
All cases involving IPOB family members, according to him, are being frustrated by the office of the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF). This has made the Nigerian judiciary and their judges willing accomplices to the APC regime of detention without trial, for those holding alternative views to the government.
“Court orders are flagrantly being disobeyed by the same government that appointed the judges delivering these rulings. The case of Bright Chimezie Ishinwa is particularly distressing given that a Federal High Court in Uyo ordered his immediate release, but till today DSS is still holding him and have refused to comply with the court order.
“The case came up again for hearing on November 2, 2017 in Uyo, unsurprisingly and in total disregard for the rule of law, DSS refused to attend the court and also refused to release Bright Chimezie Ishinwa who is languishing without trial at DSS underground detention facility in Abuja.
“The world must tell IPOB where we must go to obtain justice given the failure of the courts to defend the common man. Nigerian government it seems has been given the judicial license to pick up and detain anybody at will indefinitely at the pleasure of Buhari and his henchmen. This is not democracy, this is not the rule of law, it is the worst form of tyranny”, he stated.
He said by persistently ignoring court orders and rulings of judges, the Buhari administration is inviting anarchy and chaos upon itself. How can a government charge somebody to their own court and when that court, having examined the case, determines that an accused person is innocent, the Buhari regime will still hold on to that person in detention in a supposed democracy.
What other options are there to seek redress a tyrannical government such as this if not through a campaign of sustained civil disobedience?
“The government of Muhammadu Buhari quickly labeled IPOB a terrorist organisation without due process of law. Now we have challenged them to prove in an open court how IPOB is a terror group, the AGF has decided not to come to court to prove his case.
“This ugly illegal pattern of total disregard for due process of law is repeated in every case involving IPOB. Buhari’s regime keeps talking about peace and security but are themselves the largest contributors to the instability in Nigeria today.
“We wish to reiterate to the hearing of the civilized world that IPOB is and remains the most peaceful freedom fighting organisation anywhere in the world today. We are still wondering why the National Judicial Commission (NJC) would be docile to the point of allowing the legal process in Nigeria to be trampled upon by this Buhari regime”, he added.
The group, therefore, called on the international community, human rights groups, well-meaning individuals and societies including men and women of goodwill across the globe to question this Nigerian government and her judiciary why we have this incessant postponement and adjournment of IPOB cases.