Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described attempt by the
Federal Government to secretly to try the leader of the Indigenous
Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, by using mask-wearing
prosecution witnesses as mockery of democracy, saying Nigerians must
force President Mohammadu Buhari to purge himself of the blood and
water of dictatorship flowing in his veins.
In a release issued on Saturday by his Special Assistant on Public
Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said “it
is shameful that the Federal Government could approach the court for
witnesses in a criminal matter it is prosecuting to wear mask and be
seen through screen.”
He said even the prosecuting counsel, who filed the application should
be ashamed of themselves for making themselves available to be used as
tools to subvert democracy.
“They want Kanu tried secretly. They also want the former National
Security Adviser (NSA), Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) tried secretly. What
are they afraid of?
How can the Federal Government asked the court to allow ‘ojuju
calabar’ (masquerade) as prosecution witnesses when we are not under
“How would such witnesses be cross-examined by defence lawyers and can
their real identity be ascertained?
“Should anyone make allegations that he cannot be bold enough to
defend in the law court? Why are the witnesses afraid to testify in an
open court if truly they are witnesses of truth?
“Clearly, this is mockery of democracy and the rule of law and
Nigerians should know that it is their duty to purge President Buhari
of dictatorship,” Governor Fayose said.
While hailing the judiciary for once again rising in the defence of
democracy by saying no to the anti-democratic plot of using masquerade
as witnesses, Governor Fayose said; “As it is now, only the judiciary
can save Nigeria from the full-blown dictatorship that this Buhari-led
APC government has become.
“Interestingly, they are not even sparing the bench from their regime
of blackmail and dictatorship, and it has become necessary for our men
of the bench to continue to stand firm against enemies of democracy
and rule of law.”