Google search engine

Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has said that though all eyes are on the Nigerian judiciary, those who are expecting wonders to happen at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal on Wednesday (today) may be disappointed and may have a quagmire to contend with.

Ejiofor said this in a statement he personally signed and released on Tuesday night which he captioned, “Elucidation of Fact on the Pun called “Nigeria”: Though Very Unfortunate, But for those still expecting Manna to fall from Heaven tomorrow.”


The legal luminary said that “For those expecting wonders to happen in Court tomorrow, you may have a quagmire to contend with.”

According to him, in Law School, law students are taught that decisions of the courts on any subject must be predicated on the following: the Substantive Laws; Rules of Court and Courts Practice Direction and Judicial Precedents – in this case, it means the Judgment/decisions of the Superior Courts, particularly the Supreme Court’s Judgments on similar subjects, facts, and circumstances.

“Any Judgment founded outside the above considerations cannot stand in Law.”

Ejiofor recalled that October 13, 2022, “The intermediate Court in the land, the Court of Appeal, Abuja Judicial Division delivered a unanimous landmark Judgment in an Appeal filed by Nnamdi Kanu, wherein the Court of Appeal discharged Nnamdi Kanu of all the frivolous charge filed against him and consequently, directed the Federal Government to release him unconditionally.

“The penultimate Court proceeded to prohibit Nnamdi Kanu’s further detention in any detention facility in Nigeria and forbade Nnamdi Kanu from being tried again in any Court in Nigeria on any offence whatsoever.

“The penultimate Court did not stop at that; the Learned Justices of the Court of Appeal unanimously reprimanded the Federal Government for their act of lawlessness in the way Nnamdi Kanu was abducted in Kenya and extraordinarily renditioned to Nigeria. They further declared it as an egregious violation of the extant Laws – local and international – by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

“Curiously, on the 24th October, 2022, a different Panel of Justices of the same Court of Appeal, was constituted, which sat and consequently granted an unprecedented Order, Staying the Execution of Nnamdi Kanu’s constitutionally guaranteed right to personal liberty. Intrinsically, staying the Execution of the same Judgment and far-reaching Orders made by the same Court.

“The fact is that throughout the said Ruling delivered on the 24th day of October, 2022, and argument canvassed by the parties giving rise to the Ruling; there was no place that the Federal Government referred to any criminal decisions of either the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court in similar facts, if any, or substantive criminal Laws governing the criminal appeals or Court of Appeal Criminal Practice Direction.

“We refer to the unpopular Ruling as unprecedented because the precedents and authorities relied upon by this Panel in staying the execution of the judgment in a criminal appeal, were all civil cases and the Court of Appeal Rules on civil appeals.”

He pointed out that on Wednesday, “a very renowned Justice of the Court of Appeal who presided over the Panel that delivered this unprecedented Ruling and consequently granted the unpopular order staying the execution of the landmark Judgment in Nnamdi Kanu’s criminal appeal; and who incidentally, also presided over the proceedings at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, will also be delivering his own judgment.

“In view of the fate of Nnamdi Kanu and the obvious travesty of justice in his case, we can only wish those hoping that justice prevails tomorrow, godspeed, even as all eyes are now on the Judiciary.”

Google search engine
Previous articleNo Protest Is Allowed Over Tribunal Ruling; Call Your Supporters To Order – Rivers Gov Warns Parties
Next articlePresidential Tribunal: Judgement Ongoing On APM’s Petition Against Tinubu