The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Tuesday rejected Justice Binta Murtala Nyako as the new trial judge of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
IPOB is contending that the trial judge is a sister to President Muhammadu Buhari and that the case was deliberately assigned to her to secure conviction for its leader, Kanu.
Bar and Bench Watch reports that Justice John Tsoho withdrew from the case after Kanu accused the judge of bias.
The case file was returned to the Chief Judge, Justice Ibrahim Auta who assigned the case to another judge, Justice Nyarko.
However, in a press statement issued by IPOB’s spokesman, Comrade Emma Powerful, he said Kanu would not get justice if tried by Justice Nyako.
The stament reads: “The IPOB raises alarm over the assignment of the new trial judge for Nnamdi Kanu.
“ The appointment of Justice Hajiya Binta F.M Nyako as the trial judge for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case was masterminded by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The appointment came after the harassment and the intimidation of the judges who were working tirelessly to address the country’s injustice, perpetrated by the government of the day in Nigeria.”
He claimed that “Justice Hajiya Binta F.M Nyako was born on 14th day of May 1959; she is a sister to the president of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari; her state of origin is Katsina and her local government is Rimi. She became a judge on the 28 day of July 2000, and married to a man from Taraba state.
“The government of Nigeria assigned the case to her to make sure she jails Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who committed no crime against anybody in Nigeria.
“We are calling on international community and other wonderful men and women across the globe to mount their watch on the new trial judge assigned to be handling the case concerning the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, IPOB.
“Furthermore, we want to let the world understand that she has started by using the same date the ECOWAS court fixed, which is 8th of November 2016.
“In line with this, the indigenous people of Biafra IPOB worldwide believe that there is no amount of blackmail, propaganda and intimidation that can stop the agitation for the Biafra, which God Almighty has ordained.”