Popular rights activist Deji Adeyanju has explained why Justice Binta Nyako of an Abuja Federal High Court should disqualify herself from the trial of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Justice Nyako’s husband is from the Fulani tribe, according to Adeyanju, therefore the judge should withdraw herself from Kanu’s case.
The judge’s husband had represented and hosted various meetings and conferences both inside and outside Nigeria.
Adejanyu added that it makes it difficult to imagine that Nnamdi Kanu will receive justice in court.
He said: “As I said earlier, Kanu may not get justice from Justice Binta Nyako because her husband is a prominent Fulani in this country. He has severally hosted several Fulani meetings both in Nigeria and the subregion in his home in Adamawa.
“So there is bound to be that fiat because we all know that Kanu is against the Fulanis in this country; If I were to be Nyako, I would recuse myself from the trial, knowing fully that people may misconstrue that she may not be just, just like I am now of the opinion that she may not be fair and just in the trial.
“Denying him access to Kuje, knowing fully that they kidnapped him in Kenya in such a manner, points to one fact that he may not actually get justice in her court. Look at what the Supreme Court said in the trial of MKO Abiola vs the Federal Republic of Nigeria, that ‘once the average citizen goes home thinking that the judge is unfair, at that point, the judge recuse him/herself from the trial.’ This is totally how I feel on Justice Nyako’s ruling.
“Naturally, that application should have been granted. If somebody says ‘I don’t feel safe in DSS custody,’ why would you still keep him there? ”