Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Reveals How Nigerian Law Supports Secessionists
One of the counsels of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, Aloy Ejimakor, has revealed how the Nigerian law supports secessionists in the case files against the IPOB leader by the Federal Government.
Ejimakor while speaking with newsmen at the Federal High Court, Maitama, Abuja on Monday said “no Nigerian can be tried for any offence that is not supported by written law in the country”.
According to him, a section of the Nigerian constitution, ‘African Chattered of Human and People’s Rights, Ratification and Enforcement Act’, chapter A-9 laws of Federation of Nigeria”, permits self-determination.
He noted that Article 1 of the same chapter mandated the government to support its citizens exercising the right.
“Let’s get this clear, trial of what? Nothing can be built on nothing, we have made it clear. The counsel representing the four other defenders have made it clear in their applications that the main charge, ‘treasonable felony’ is not supported by any law in the Federation of Nigeria. It is there in the Nigerian constitution.
“No Nigerian can be tried for any offence that is not supported by written law in the country.
“And we have another law in this country, it is called ‘African Charter of Human and People’s Rights, Ratification and Enforcement Act’, chapter A-9 laws of Federation of Nigeria.
“Article 20 of that chapter made it clear that all citizens of Nigeria have the right of self-determination. I’m not sure the office of the Attorney General of the Federation is aware of that.
“And article 1 said that the Nigerian State must do everything possible to assist the citizen or the country in exercising that right without any hindrance.
“So, the postponement and rejection of bail are what we are considering”, he said.