Thousands of Nigerians have stormed Abuja; the Federal Capital Territory ahead of the Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s resumed trial today, July 26, 2021. Kanu is the Leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Similarly, Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho will return to court today in Cotonou, Benin Republic in continuation of his trial at a Cotonou court. Igboho, it should be noted, is a Yoruba activist that wants separate country for the Yoruba nation.
However, these people are seen as hero by their various peoples. Former Governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife has pledged to lead the Igbo leaders and people that will monitor Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s trial in Abuja today.
In the similar vein, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji has sent a delegation to Cotonou to observe the proceedings of the court case.
The first class monarch, who did not disclose the identity of the delegation, said yesterday that those to observe the court proceedings in Cotonou where Igboho will be facing trial would be in court unfailingly today.
Meanwhile the Department of State Security (DSS) has banned some newspapers from covering today’s Kanu’s case. The newspapers barred from the coverage of the proceedings include: Punch newspaper, ThisDay, Vanguard, Daily Trust and several others, prompting analysts to see the trial as obnoxious and kangaroo.
However, one of Kanu’s lawyers, Aloy Ejimakor, has asked IPOB members and other supporters of the separatist group to attend the agitator’s trial in Abuja today.
He said in a press statement titled, ‘Security Agents Must Not Molest Those Coming To Show Solidarity With Kanu’, on Sunday, Ejimakor, explained that the statement was necessitated by reports that those coming to Abuja to show solidarity with Kanu will be harassed or even arrested by security agents.
His word, “Kanu’s trial is an open trial, not a secret trial and he’s presumed innocent until proven guilty; therefore, anybody wishing to be associated with his trial by being present in Abuja is protected by his Constitutional rights to freedom of association and movement.
Both Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case and that of Sunday Igboho are seen as mere persecution by the Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government, which, according to observers, have left gun wielding bandits, Fulani Herdsmen, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders etc lose to and turned around to descend heavily on mere agitators of freedom.
The government is insisting that Igboho must be extradited by the Benin Republic, and continues to prosecute Kanu, whose abduction and resumed trial have raised international concern.
As at yesterday, international news media, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Sky News have arrived Nigeria in preparation for the coverage of Kanu’s trial, even as masked security agents have taken over the vicinity of Justice Binta Nyako Federal High Court, Abuja.
For now, the two profile cases have remained a sour taste in the throat of the Buhari led government that has come openly to defend one ethnic group as it continues to persecute other ethnic groups.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.