An Igbo curiosity group, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has condemned the denial of former Anambra State governor, and elder statesman, Chukwuemeka Ezeife and Senator Ifeanyi Ubah entry into the Abuja courtroom for the trial of the chief of Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, on Thursday.
COSEYL in an announcement by its President Basic, Goodluck Ibem, stated the denial of the 2 and different Igbo leaders entry into the courtroom was an insult on Igbo individuals.
The physique stated it was enraged by the unprofessional conduct of the Division of State Safety Providers (DSS) for barring such revered Igbo leaders from gaining entry into the courtroom, and described the motion of the DSS as desecration of the temple of Justice.
The discharge said partly that: “The DSS operatives threatened to shoot attorneys and Igbo leaders who dared to implement their proper by approaching the doorway to the courtroom. They stated they have been appearing on orders from above.
“Does the order from above additionally embody ordering them to assassinate nice Igbo leaders in broad daylight on the court docket premises? Is the Nigerian Courtroom now the court docket of the North, the place no Igbo man is allowed entry? It’s so pathetic. This current administration has destroyed all our democratic ethos,” it lamented.
It additional said that: “What performed out on the court docket right this moment is the peak of insult towards Ndigbo and we condemn it in its entirety. It is vitally clear that the current regime enjoys insulting the sensibility of the Igbo race.
“Dr. Ezeife, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah and different nice Igbo leaders have been representatives of the Igbo Nation, they have been denied entry to the court docket in a matter involving their very own son and brother, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in a supposed democratic administration.
“Solely a society that has no respect for elders and basic human rights will cease extremely revered statesmen within the society who’re nice and revered personalities from getting access to the courtroom. Dr. Ezeife is a former Governor and Senator Ubah is a serving Senator however they have been denied entry as a result of they’re of the Igbo tribe.”
The group stated the DSS was part of the chief arm of presidency that executes its orders and that they’d no powers beneath a democratic authorities to dictate who enters the courtroom that’s completely beneath the Judiciary arm of presidency.
“It’s an aberration and a travesty of the legislation for the DSS operatives to face on the entrance of the courtroom to dictate who enters and who doesn’t enter the courtroom.
“What occurred right this moment in court docket on the listening to of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s case clearly exhibits that we’re not in a democratic administration however a navy regime that has no respect for basic human rights and the structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which the President swore to guard.
“There’s nowhere on the earth the place the president in a democratic administration dictates what occurs within the court docket. The Judiciary is an impartial arm of presidency separated from the chief arm. The Judiciary is the final hope of the frequent man and everyone seems to be entitled to method the court docket.”
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