–“My hope is that the day will soon come when Buhari will be held to his implied promises to respect any judicial decision on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu,” he stresses
President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent remark that his releasing of Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, via executive fiat, would be interfering in the powers and independence of judiciary, has, again, drawn the ire of the activist’s legal team, which had, earlier, submitted that the ultimate power to release such political detainee lies with the Execuitive, not Judiciary.
Reacting to this, Friday, January 7, 2022, Kanu’s Special Counsel, Barr. Aloy Ejimakor, said:
“On President Buhari’s ChannelTV remarks on the prospects of an executive decision to release Nnamdi Kanu, my reaction is as follows:
“Whereas Buhari appeared to have dimmed the prospects of an executive decision to release Kanu, he also stated that he has left the decision to the judiciary. Recall that this is not the first time Buhari had said such a thing. He had said the same thing to Chief Mbazulike Amaechi several weeks ago. My hope is that the day will soon come when Buhari will be held to his implied promises to respect any judicial decision on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, whether it is a bail, a mistrial or outright release from detention,” Barr Aloy Ejimakor said.
This is not the first time Ejimakor will be observing the ultimate power of Mr. President to exercise his executive power in a situation like this. He had earlier said: “S174(1) : The Attorney General of the Federation shall have power –
- to instititute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court of law in Nigeria, other than a court martial, in respect of any offence created by or under Act of the National Assembly;
- to take over and continue any such criminal proceedings instituted or undertaken by him or any other authority or person, and
- to discontinue at any stage, before judgement is delivered, any such criminal proceedings instituted or undertaken by him or any other authority or person.” /SHARE THIS