Rights activist Deji Adeyanju has called on Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court to recuse herself from the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). Adeyanju accused Justice Nyako of bias, saying she is not neutral enough to handle Kanu’s trial.
The activist explained the trial judge’s husband is a Fulani man from Adamawa State and Kanu was used to insulting the tribe. Kanu is standing trial for charges bordering on treason before Justice Nyako.
Justice Nyako in 2017 granted Kanu bail but the IPOB leader jumped the bail and fled Nigeria. His lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, however, argued that Kanu did not jump bail, stressing the Federal Government made him flee the country.
Adeyanju, in a post on social media said: “I’m of the view that Justice Nyako is not neutral enough to adjudicate on the Nnamdi Kanu case because her husband is a prominent Fulani leader in West Africa and has hosted African Fulani groups in Adamawa severally. Kanu has consistently insulted & abused Fulanis. I, therefore, think Justice Nyako should recuse herself from the Kanu’s case honourably.
“Let me quote the Supreme Court in FRN v. MKO Abiola (1995): Justice must be rooted in confidence & confidence is destroyed when right-minded people go away thinking: The Judge is biased.”
Source: The Nation