Nnamdi Kanu, the man spearheading the Biafra secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has described the arrest warrant issued against him by Justice Binta Nyako of the Abuja Federal High Court as a mere academic exercise.
According to him, the warrant means nothing to him and the Federal Government cannot incite the world against him.
“The international and diplomatic community would surely ignore the bench warrant,” Kanu said.
“I remain eternally grateful to my sureties for standing by me all through my travails, trials and tribulations.
“It smacks of judicial persecution for Justice Binta Nyako handling my case to claim that my sureties had withdrawn their surety.
“Justice Binta Nyako’s bench warrant against me makes the judiciary complicit in the persecution of innocent people and IPOB since mid 2015.
“Where a case is for hearing of motion, the trial judge must hear the motion and adjourn for any other process. On no account should they hear a motion and hear the merits of the matter, not to talk about delivering judgment. The judge may consider doing that in the very rare circumstance of consent by parties
“When a matter has been adjourned for a particular purpose, it is my view that the business of the court on the day the matter is adjourned is the purpose for which it was adjourned.
“It is expected that parties have come prepared for that purpose for which the matter was adjourned. If it is expedient to change the purpose, it cannot be done by the court suo motu (on its own) as the parties must agree.”
Kanu noted that in March 2018, a continental human rights court retrained the Nigerian Government from persecuting IPOB members, but the federal government is yet to obey the order.
“The arrest, detention and murder of IPOB family members is illegal, unconstitutional and in breach of the written laws of Nigeria. The fact that judges and supposed legal practitioners allow this travesty to continue is indicative of the level of ignorance that pervades the Nigerian judiciary,” he added.
Kanu’s bail was recently revoked by Justice Nyako over his continued absence from court.
The IPOB leader was last seen in Israel after he fled Umuahia, Abia State, following an attack at his residence by the operatives of the Nigerian Army during the operation Python Dance exercise.