The directorate of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has accused Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja Federal High Court 3 of bias for ruling that their leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu will not be granted bail based on reasons that Kanu was a threat to national security; that if released, he might commit the same offence again and that there was a probability that he might jump bail because he possessed dual citizenship.
Faulting reasons for the bail denial in a press statement issued Wednesday from its London headquarters and signed by its spokespersons, Emma Nmezu and Dr. Clifford Chukwuemeka Iroanya, the IPOB said for denying Kanu bail based on those three cardinal points, the ruling of the judge was inappropriate, biased, wrong, and must be overturned by an Appeal Court Judge.
According to the statement, “While the first and the third reasons are very clear, we are at loss with the second reason and do not know exactly what the Hon. Justice meant by “might commit the same offence again.
“To the best of our knowledge, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has not even been tried in court not to talk of being convicted to have warranted the judge saying that ‘he might commit the same offence again.’
“Therefore, we do not understand the offence he was found guilty of committing and for which he will likely commit again if released, as Justice John Tsoho mentioned in his ruling.”
The statement asked rhetorically: “Is there a possibility that Justice John Tsoho misspoke or that he never actually uttered this travesty of a statement? On the first reason adduced that Kanu was a threat to national security, we are yet to get detailed information on what the Judge meant by ‘threat to national security’ because we know that Kanu is not associated with Boko Haram or any terrorist organization and as such, we, again are pushed to believe that Justice Tsoho misspoke.
“Finally, on the third reason, we are shocked to hear that a denial of bail will be based on the accused person’s dual citizenship. Even though the Judge did not mention the other country to which Kanu is a citizen, we know he was referring to Britain. But we also know that there is extradition agreement between Nigeria and Britain and extraditing Kanu to Nigeria should he flee to Britain will not be a problem for the Nigerian government, so long as the extradition agreement between the two countries is still intact.”
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