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NIGERIA: On the Trial of MASSOB Members

Chief Ralph UwazurikeThe  Supreme Court has given the go-ahead for the trial of the leader of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, Chief Ralph Uwazurike, and six other members of the group who were charged with conspiracy and treason.

A five-man panel of the Supreme Court led by Justice Bode Rhodes-Vivour unanimously dismissed the appellants’ bid to stop the trial as “a waste of precious judicial time since all the information imaginable that the appellants would need for their appeal has been available to them before they appealed to the Court of Appeal.”

While no one expects the Supreme Court to condone treason for any political reason, many see the treatment of the MASSOB members as an issue that has scared the conscience of the country at a time amnesty is being offered insurgents by the federal government almost on bended knees. The federal government should seek a political solution to the MASSOB issue to avoid giving the impression that violence pays or is the only language the Nigerian government understands.

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