From Jeff Amechi Agbodo, Onitsha
THE Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has alleged that Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court Abuja was adopting elements of Sharia Law and imposing same on its leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, and others standing trial before her even though such law has no known place in judicial proceedings in her court.
IPOB said that it was opposed to the adoption of elements of Sharia Law in the trial of Kanu and others, saying Justice Nyako should bear that in mind if she should continue presiding over this case.
The group noted that Justice Nyako displayed the highest level of judicial indiscretion when she drew an analogy with the requirements of Sharia Law for women in purdah while expressing her reasons for acceding to the prayers of the prosecutor to have the witnesses testify behind screens with a view to protecting their identities.
A statement by the spokespersons of IPOB, Dr. Ikenna Chinaka and Iyom Grace Ukpai, said that by fishing far into the prohibited province of the inapplicable Sharia Law, Justice Nyako was struggling to assist the prosecutor’s case.
The statement read: “To the shame of the judicial establishment in Nigeria and expression of utter disdain for the sanctity of the constitution, President Muhammadu Buhari autocratically declared before a stunned civilised world that an ‘accused’ person that a court of law granted bail is undeserving to be freed despite the fact that such bail was granted by a court of competent jurisdiction.
“The order made by Justice Ademola of the Federal High Court to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu unconditionally is still subsisting and has neither been appealed by Buhari’s agents, vacated or set aside. What Justice Binta Nyako has chosen to do in the ongoing trial of Nnamdi Kanu and others is to align herself with the dictates of her kinsman who is not only from the same Katsina State as herself, but also an ardent Muslim and Sharia Law proponent.
“That is why Justice Nyako elected to invoke the principles of Sharia Law in a matter pending before a Common Law court. IPOB worldwide is implacably opposed to the adoption of elements of Sharia Law in the trial of our leader and other Biafrans charged alongside him. Justice Binta Nyako must bear the following in mind if she is to continue presiding over this matter that has attracted so much international media attention.”