Biafra activist and leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has petitioned the National Judicial Council (NJC) to investigate the judge presiding over his trial, Justice John Tsoho of the Abuja Federal High Court for judicial wrongdoings.
Kanu is accusing the judge of alleged judicial misconduct, fundamental breach of judicial oath and bias in the handling of the case.
According to the 40-paragraph petition made available to newsmen on Sunday, Kanu accused Tsoho of giving conflicting rulings on the issue of secret trial. He stated that Tsoho reversed the decision of the court to hear the testimonies of witnesses secretly despite having ruled that no testimonies will be entertained in secret nor masks given to witnesses.
In the petition filed through his counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu also accused the judge of denying him access to the court proceedings.
“The rulings (of the court) were eventually given to us on Monday, the 25th day of April, 2016, barely two months and fifteen days after the ruling of 9th February, 2016, was delivered, two months and six days after the ruling of 19th day of February, 2016 was delivered and one month and 18 days after the ruling of 7th March, 2016 was delivered.”
He therefore asked the NJC to investigate what he called judicial the rascality of the judge and stop him from further presiding over the case.
Kanu, along with Benjamin Madubugwu and David Nwauwisi, is facing a six-count charge bordering on treasonable felony, maintaining an unlawful society and unlawful possession of firearms.