Federal high court judge takes a bow from Nnamdi Kanu’s court case

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Federal high court judge takes a bow from Nnamdi Kanu’s court case

Federal high court judge takes a bow from Nnamdi Kanu’s court case
December 23
20:01 2015

A Federal High Court judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed has decided to take a bow from Kanu Nnamdi’s court case. The judge out rightly stated his objection from hearing treason charges brought by the federal government against Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra. After Mr. Kanu told the court before commencement of the prosecution’s plea that he would rather prefer being held in the detention, than subjecting himself to a trial, which outcome will not be honoured.

He lamented that his previous trials had various outcomes that were not respected by the office of the State Security Service, SSS.

The government is accusing Mr. Kanu of plotting to split Nigeria, by creating a Biafra Republic and was recently slammed by the government of plotting to seize Igala and Idoma land  Justice Mohammed made his decision known on Wednesday in Abuja after Mr. Kanu objected to the case, saying it was needless, as the federal government had repeatedly flouted preceding court rulings.

The counsel to the prosecution, who is also the Federal Director of Prosecution, office of the Attorney General, Mohamed Diri, told the court that based on section 396 (2) of the constitution, the defendant had no right to object to being tried by the court until after the plea is heard.

But the judge said he was standing down from the case, saying Mr. Kanu had the right to reject the trial, “after all justice is rooted on confidence”.

“If any of the parties has no confidence in the court, he has the right to say so”, Mr. Mohammed ruled.
He noted that the prosecution would have done the same thing if they were in Kanu’s shoes.

“Assuming it was the prosecution, if they had no confidence in the court of jurisdiction; would they not have done so?”

“I hereby remit the case file to the honourable chief judge of this court to reassign it,” the judge said.

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