Umuahia - The Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) has rejected the secret trial of its leader, Nnamdi Kanu who is being tried by the Federal Government for treason.
The group such a thing would not be allowed to happen in a civilized society like Nigeria.
The group in a statement signed by its head of media and publicity, Emma Powerful said scenarios emanating from the trial were particularly disturbing, accusing the trial judge, Justice Tsoho of instituting secret trial because the public were barred from attending the hearing on Tuesday.
‘’Only a handful of journalists were permitted to cover proceedings. This is against the court’s earlier ruling that the trial will be held in an open court."
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"But in his self-reversal on his own rulings, Judge Tsoho allowed the DSS lawyer Idakwo the counsel for the prosecution previously barred from appearing for the prosecution was surprisingly allowed to continue with the lead prosecution counsel Mohamed Labaran.”
IPOB is also worried that the DSS which interrogates and detains Kalu is now also prosecuting a case on behalf of the office of the Attorney-General of Nigeria through the office of the Director of Public Prosecution.
“There is nowhere in the civil world that such levels of absurdity in the dispensation of justice is allowed.
"It is worth noting that the same DSS are the ones stopping the public from entering the court room contrary to the ruling of this same trial Judge.
“This is why we call on Nigerians to ask how many times will Justice Tsoho turn against his own ruling in his own court?
"He has made several errors in his quest to please his master, President Muhammadu Buhari that chose him for this hatchet job that he has now been stumbling from one mistake to another.’’
- News 24