Justice John Tosho of the Federal High Court has currently resigned from handling Nnamdi Kanu’s case. He would be the second one to do so.
On a report of no confidence, Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Justice Ahmed Mohammed stepped down in December 2015 from handling Kanu’s case.
In the same manner, Nnamdi Kanu wrote to the National Council and complained about Justice John Tosho whom he accused of “judicial rascality.”
Speaking on behalf of his client (Nnamdi Kanu), Ifeanyi Ejiofor requested the council to investigate Justice John Tsoho for giving parallel judgement on the same request.
At the opening of session on Monday, another counsel to Mr. Kanu, Chuks Muoma, said the continuation of the matter by Mr. Tsoho would amount to a great disservice since there was a petition against him, before the NJC.
On that note, the trial judge, Tosho announced his step down. According to him, he would not handle the case ever again if the council called him back.
“Even if I am cleared of any bias by the NJC, I will not continue with this case.” – Justice John Tsoho
Nnamdi Kanu has been in detention since October 2015. Together with David Nwawuisi, both men are currently facing treason charges for leading a separatist group. The Nigerian government has accused them of inciting the people against the ruling government.
Kanu’s Counsel, Mr Chuks Muoma (SAN), had this to say:
“Following the development, all we are asking this court to do is to hands off the case since my client has lost confidence in this court; pending the outcome of the NJC investigation.”
“It would not be proper for the court to continue with this matter when investigation is ongoing.
“So, in the interest of justice, I would urge the court to transfer the matter; I would suggest that it be sent back to the CJ.”
“Accordingly, this case is hereby forwarded to the Chief Judge for further reassignment.”