The Federal Govt. of Nigeria in their desperate effort for shopping for suitable charge where no offence existed severally carried out 6 successive amendments to the frivolous charge filed against MNK, for simple reason that he has committed no offense and none of the charge is availing.
If we may ask, what happened to Charge of treasonable felony earlier preferred against ONYENDU? They still amended it to this new 15 count amendment which will still hold no water .
It is to be pointed out that as far as the manner in which ONYENDU was brought in to the country is concerned , Extraordinary rendition is a grievous infraction on International Coventions, treaties and protocol to which Nigeria is a signatory. As such there is no court in Nigeria that will ever conduct hearing on any of the frivolous charge filed against ONYENDU without taking him back to the country where he was brought from .
Even the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation Malami SAN in an erudite Extract he endorsed with his Foreword , from a United Nation Study on Extradition concerning Nigeria) totally agreed that extraordinary rendition is in itself, a crime against humanity , the extract is quoted verbatim as follows ;
“ it is easy to confuse extradition with rendition. Rendition is a general term for all procedures, including extradition for returning wanted persons or aliens generally from a state. Unlawfully or irregular forms of returning persons wanted for trials or punishment include abduction and the so called “extraordinary rendition “. Extraordinary rendition is a government sponsored arrest , kidnap and abductions of persons wanted , accused or convicted of a criminal offence either to the state who sponsored the arrest, kidnap or abduction or to a willing third party .Extraordinary rendition denies a person of the right to challenge his transfer to the requesting or receiving state . It involves the violation of the principles of international law especially where the person transferred are subjected to torture or sham criminal charges or trial. The Dikko Affair of 1984 is an example of an attempt at unlawful rendition . After a Coup d’etat in 1983 , the Federal Military Government of Nigeria requested the British Government to surrender Umaru Diko, a former Minister alleged to have been involved in corrupt practices . Before the British Government responded to the request , an intelligence officer from Nigeria security forces with three Israeli Nationals abducted Mr. Dikko and attempted to cargo him to Nigeria in a crate. This attempt was foiled by the British security apparatus, the abductors were jailed and the relationship between Nigeria and British became strained. Even though not successful it was an attempt by Nigeria to go against the international norms in expressing its political will” source ; http:;//www.upscale.org/documents/nigeria/publication/Anti-Corruption project Nigeria /Cases and Materials on extradition in Nigeria pdf.
Above is a very incisive publication on extraordinary rendition duly sanctioned and approved by the Hon. Attorney General of the Federation , a person who is very guilty of the very infraction he is preaching against .
Onyendu must be unconditionally released and without further ado,