An Abuja based legal practioner, Darlington Onyekwere has called on the appropriate Authorities to handle the case of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu within the ambit of the law
Barr. Darlington who disclosed this today in Abuja, in an interview with our Correspondent Chiamaka Alum said since Mr. Kanu has not been convicted by any court, he was constitutionally presumed innocent until the court says otherwise.
The legal practitioner added that Mr. Kanu was also entitled to enjoy certain constitutional rights irrespective of the gravity of the alleged offences adding that the authorities must ensure that his rights are not infringed upon. He pointed out that these rights include right to fair hearing as well as adequate time and facilities for the preparation of his defence.
He also urged the Government to look into the reasons for the agitations by different groups in the country and address any of the complaints that may be genuine.
He expressed regret that Nigeria which is supposed to be the giant of Africa is rapidly being driven into precipice.
He reminded the Government that under both international and domestic laws, it has a duty to ensure that the rights of all persons, including suspects, detainees and prisoners are respected at all times and that no person placed in custody of any person in authority shall be subjected to physical harm, force, violence, threat or intimidation or any act that impairs his free will.
Meanwhile, the court has granted an order for his detention in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) until 26th of July when his trial is expected to resume.