Mrs. Binta Nyako, the judge presiding over the controversial trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, was among the list of 9 most incredibly corrupt and ethically deficient Justices in Nigeria, according to a 2009 report released by a US based media outlet known as Sahara Reporters.
The stunning report revealed that during the regime of Umaru Musa Yar’adua(now deceased), Mrs Nyako was among list of judges nominated for promotion under questionable circumstances.
“Yar’adua as well as outgoing president of the Court of Appeal, Umaru Abdullahi, has drawn up a list of the most notoriously corrupt and inept justices for appointment into the Appellate branch of the judiciary,” the report stated.
It went further to reveal the dirty politics and lobbying which engulfed the nominations and elevation of the nine judges to serve in the Nigeria’s Appellate Court during the administration of former Nigeria president.
According to it, “the hasty promotion of intellectually weak and ethically puny judges was meant to prepare the ground for fraudulent 2011 general elections,” designed to be in favour of then Head of state, Yar’adua and top officials of his political party, who were desperate for the president’s re-election at all cost despite his deteriorating health condition at the period.
The report has it that Mrs. Binta Nyako who hails from the same Katsina state with the now ‘Late’ former president Yar’adua, and wife to former Adamawa state governor, Mr. Murtala Nyako, was among the individuals whose promotional nominations in the Nigeria judiciary in 2009 were entangled in unimaginable corruption and judicial manipulation.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Binta who also hails from the same state with Nigeria’s incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, has come under intense criticism recently, following her ruling on March 20, 2017, during which she unequivocally stated that her court will entertain a secret trial of IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu which shall be guided by the principles of “Sharia law”. The controversial court ruling has sparked outrage among millions of Biafrans and well-meaning Nigerians who have questioned if Nigeria is now fully an Islamic State to the extent that a federal judge is introducing Sharia principles into a supposedly criminal trial guided by the Common Law as enshrined in the Nigeria constitution.
However, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, had in one of its Press statements revealed that the Buhari led Nigeria government are influencing the rulings of Mrs. Nyako regarding Nnamdi Kanu’s trial, even as the Katsina born judge is also desperate to save her son and husband from state-sponsored probe and arraignment over their fraudulent and terrorism activities.
“Where and when in the history of Nigerian court system have civilians been tried in secret on civil/criminal matters? Is Binta Murtala-Nyako mistaking Nigeria’s Common Law with Sharia Law which she is very comfortable with?” IPOB asked.