Norrison Quakers, a senior advocate in this interview with PETER FOWOYO, speaks about the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, who absconded from trial and the fate of his sureties in court.
The sureties of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) are now in a dilemma over his failure to show up for his trial. What is your view?
The standard thing in our Criminal Justice System is that the sureties will forfeit what they have pledged.
This is because in essence when a surety stepped in, he had vowed for the defendant. If the defendant is no longer available, the surety will take the place of the defendant.
But, I am hoping and praying that it would not get to that stage. As far as I am concerned, the best way to describe the situation before us is to see it as a political logjam. Kanu’s whereabout is unknown at the moment.
Former Abia State Governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu was quoted as saying that the man is in London.
I am in no position to confirm where the former governor got his information from. But, the disclosure is an indication that some people know where he is.
If he is expected to come around for his trial and he fails to show up, the law must take its course on his sureties. But, in taking its course, it must not be allowed to generate to some topsy-turvy or crisis.
However, taking it a step further, I feel that the present government needs to constitute an all-stakeholders meeting. There must be a…