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Kanu: Take the UK, US way of secret trials, former federal lawmaker told FG



Kanu: Take the UK, US way of secret trials, former federal lawmaker told FG

As the trial of banned IPOB chief Nnamdi Kanu resumes on Monday, a former federal lawmaker who drafted and co-sponsored the 2013 Terrorism Law Amendment Bill Kayode Oladele has called for proceedings who rejects those accused of terrorism Kanu’s arrest from an unknown location and his extradition to Nigeria were announced on June 27 by the country’s attorney general, Abubakar Malami. The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the head of the IPOB was consequently arrested by Judge Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, amid heightened security on June 29. The case was then adjourned until July 26. need for a closed-door trial of terrorists. He advised the federal government to adopt secrecy in terrorism trials, being the model used by several Western countries. According to him, an Acts of terrorism amount to acts of war. The former lawmaker stated them in a five-page article titled: “Terrosim Trials: An Overview of the Delicate Balance between National Security and Human Rights.” The lawmaker stated that all terrorism trials anywhere in the world by nature are always fraught with complexities which involved several difficult legal issues bordering on procedural conflicts of laws including witness protection, disclosure issues and the use of sensitive evidence during trials. He urged the federal government to ensure a balance between national security and procedural fairness at all stages through appropriate protection of human rights standards as an obligation of international law by the state. “The secrecy of terrorism trials, which is another common feature of terrorism trials around the world, can be found at Nig Erian Law. Section 31 (3) of the 2011 Act provides that the court may, at the request of or on behalf of the prosecution service, in the interests of security or public order, exclude prosecution for any violation of this law, any person other than the parties and their legal representatives. “Surprisingly, the Terrorism Law of 2011 did not create a separate tribunal for the trial of terrorists. Jurisdiction is still vested in the Federal High Court, which would presumably have to use the same procedure used for the prosecution of other criminal cases in terrorism trials, which is a significant departure from what can be achieved. in several other jurisdictions where, in addition to secret trials, tribunals such as military tribunals are generally used to try terrorism cases. He also cited Article 30 of the 2011 law as giving the Attorney General of the Federation general powers to initiate and initiate criminal proceedings on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria even though he may “delegate his power for any body responsible for terrorist investigations to initiate criminal proceedings against any person for offenses classified “in the law”, which he put forward as empowering the government to justify the procedure. “Realizing that acts of terrorism amount to acts of war, several Western countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom, not only secretly try most terrorism cases in special courts, they also sometimes adopt special procedures in order to protect national security, the public interest and also “achieve a high conviction rate that would not be achievable in ordinary courts, where” due process “is diligently pursued. conflict, “not necessarily (although important) the protection of the fundamental rights of terrorists,” he said. (NAA)

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