BIAFRA: My Rulings Against Nnamdi Kanu, Others is covered on Sharia Law, Says Justice Binta Nyako


Justice Binta Nyako of Federal High Court, Abuja has said that her rulings against the leaders of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and other defendants is based on Sharia Law.

Justice Binta Nyako and Nnamdi Kanu

She stated this while responding to Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to Nnamdi Kanu over issues of granting Kanu and other defendants bail.

Ejiofor and counsel to other defendants had prayed the court to grant their clients bail, citing that since they have no case to case.

Barrister SN Labaran, Counsel to FG, countered their plea, citing that he observed that the 1st, 3rd, and 4th defendants brought their applications on grounds not obtainable on law.

Labaran said that he has reasoned through all the court processes, and there’s no evidence that will warrant the honourable court to grant their applications but rather they(defendants), are deliberately delaying their trial, asking the court to rather than grant them bail, it should give an accelerated hearing to the case.

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Ejiofor while listening to him, countered this position, prayed that the standing order of the court of law by Justice Adeniyi Ademola has neither been obeyed nor vacated.

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But Justice Nyako interrupted him, and ordered him(Ejiofor) to stop making reference to such instances made by Justice Ademola.

Justice Nyako said that the court’s previous ruling is still pending and has not been changed.

She said, “as long as they’re security operatives, they’ll still testify behind the screen.

“Even if you continue to shout till thy kingdom come, the order for witnesses to testify behind the screen still stands and I cannot change it.

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You(Ejiofor), the defendants, the defense counsels will see them but other people outside these people will not see them.

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“You’re talking when am talking and that’s disrespectful.

“We need to protect the security of the witnesses not because of this case but for future references.

“Their names are already in your list, so what’s the big deal about that.

“If you want to see their body language or observe their demeanor to see if they are lying, then they have to wear mask.

“So you have to choose, it’s either they wear masks or they testify behind the scenes.

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She further asked Ejiofor if he read Sharia law in school and he answered that he didn’t go that side.

She then said that her ruling is covered on that law and that the witnesses either appears in masks or behind the scenes.

She told them that he has just truncated tomorrow’s trial by the new application he filed and then asked him to decide if the court will adopt the application or not.

She said that if the court will determine the application, then it will continue some other times and not tomorrow.

Court finally fixed 25th April for hearing of the bail application.


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