Nigeria’s attorney general and Justice minister, Abubakar Malami has described as an ”outrageously Ignoramus opinion”, comment made by the Solicitor General of the Provincial State of Alberta in Canada, Kelechi Madu, on the arrest Nnmdi Kanu.
Kelechi had reacted to the arrest and re-arraignment of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu in a post shared on his LinkedIn page saying that if reports that Kanu was abducted from Kenya were true, Malami was not only a ”disgrace to the rule of law but also not worthy to be a public officer.”
The Canadian official, who is also the Deputy Government House Leader, said Nigeria and Kenya violated international law in the manner Kanu was extradited and called on world leaders to apply appropriate sanctions.
He went on to demand the release of Kanu and urged the Nigerian government to ensure his safety. Read here.
However, in a statement released by his media aide, Dr. Umar Gwnadu, Malami described Madu’s comment as “outrageously ignoramus opinions that are eccentric and weird to the legal profession.”
The statement read;
“Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has described the ideas attributed to one Kelechi Madu as outrageously ignoramus opinions that are eccentric and weird to the legal profession.
“It is unfortunate for someone who claims to be a lawyer of a status of a Solicitor General of a provincial State of Alberta in Canada to fault the internationally recognized manner through which Nnamdi Kanu who jumped bail was re-arrested and brought back to face trial.
“It was abundantly clear that bench warrant was lawfully and judiciously procured through judicial process by a competent court of law, whose bail condition Nnamdi Kanu breached with impunity.
“There was no illegality in the entire process and the question of illegality does not even arise. It is a common principle of the law that he who comes to equity must come with clean hands.
“The self-acclaimed leader of the proscribed group of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has enjoyed representation by counsel of his choice all through the judicial process and was never denied a right of choice of counsel or recourse to one, even when he symbolizes a proscribed association (IPOB) in law, and in fact his association has been legally proscribed.
“Where was the so-called Madu when Nnamdi Kanu was inciting violence against the country? Why, as a lawyer, would Madu support a fugitive who jumped bail and accused of terrorism and treasonable felony?
“What stopped Madu from voicing out dissent on the atrocities of Kanu and their group?
“It is important to educate the likes of Keleche Madu that both Nigeria (his country of birth) and Canada (where he claims to be practicing law) are signatories to the Multinational Treaty Agreement where, among others, fugitive fleeing justice in nations with similar agreement could be brought back to face justice. It is a pity that as a Solicitor General of a province, Madu failed to keep himself acquainted with the provisions of general laws of the country where he stays as well as international laws.”