The National Judicial Council NJC, is to investigate alleged bias handling of the prosecution of the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu.
The petition was submitted through Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer Ifeanyi Ejiofor pointing out that Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court who has been the judge handling the prosecution of his client Nnamdi Kanu was bias in handling the case.
Ejiofor stated that the judge gave parallel judgements on the same request, describing it as “judicial rascality”. The petition demanded that Justice Tsoho be probed.
Upon resumption of the matter on Monday, Mr. Ejiofor said after Mr. Tsoho decided in favour of the defence in an application for the protection of witnesses by the prosecution, and later ruled in favour of the prosecution, without seeking the permission of a higher court.
Meanwhile, Justice John Tsoho had stepped down from handling the case promising never to undertake the case even if cleared of the biase by the NJC.
“Even if I am cleared of any bias by the NJC, I will not continue with this case,” he said.
Mr. Tsoho was the second judge to hands off the case. Justice Ahmed Mohammed, also of the Federal High Court, withdrew in December 2015, after Mr. Kanu said he had no confidence in him.
The Radio Biafra director, who has been in detention since October, is facing treason charges preferred against him by the Nigerian government.
The treason trial of the leader of Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, will still go on despite the withdrawal of another judge from the case, lawyers have said.
In the judiciary, there are fears that should any of the trial judges be found guilty of malpractice on the said case, they may not go unpunished and Kanu may begin to win the battle against the Federal Government which wouldn’t go down well with the government at the centre.