SBCHROs claim judge may sentence Kanu to death

SBCHROs claim judge may sentence Kanu to death


An Igbo coalition group, Southeast-Based Coalition of Human Rights Organizations, (SBCHROs) has alleged that Justice John Tsoho of a Federal High Court in Abuja may sentence Nnamdi Kanu to death the same way Justice Ibrahim Auta did to the leader of Movement for the Survival of Ogoni people (MOSOP), Ken Saro-Wiwa.

Saro-Wiwa was hanged by the military government of General Sani Abacha in 1995 when he led a MOSOP on a protest to protest the environmental degradation of the land. He and some Ogoni chiefs were sentenced to death by Justice Auta.

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Vanguard reports that SBCHROs in a statement it released on Monday, February 15 in Onitsha claimed that the hostility shown so far by Justice Tsoho in the felony case brought against Kanu might make him sentence the director of Radio Biafra to death.

The coalition group said the judge should not continue to hear the case as he may be swayed by the desire to please President Muhammadu Buhari. It claimed the judge might be eyeing the position of the chief justice of the Federal High Court after the retirement of Auta and his second-in- command, Justice Adamu Abdu Kafarati. The two are expected to retire in 2017, based on the attainment of their statutory required age of 65 or 35 years of service.

SBCHROs advised the judge to hand off the case if he has his eye for position of the chief justice or change his hostile attitude towards Kanu.

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“We make bold to say that we shall resist unstoppably all attempts to sacrifice the lives and liberties of Nnamdi Kanu and others for selfish interests such as CJ ambition powered by sheer act of puppetry and politico-judicial leprosy.”

The group warned Tsoho that he would be dragged before the National Judicial Council and be made to face local and international advocacy campaigns if he does not handle the case well.

A week ago, Justice Tsoho refused an application by Kanu for the release of his passports. Kanu's lawyer had requested that his passports and money seized by security operatives at the time of his arrestbe returned but the judge refused the application.


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