Justice Binta Nyako’s biography and controversies
Justice Binta Nyako is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to justice and upholding the rule of law in Nigeria. Her profile precedes her as a woman who never gives up on promoting equity and fairness no matter who is involved.
Justice Binta Nyako is one of the four wives of former Adamawa State governor, Vice Admiral Murtala Nyako (rtd). One of the most remarkable things that brought her to the consciousness of many Nigerians was her battle on the home from where she and the other wives of Nyako fought one another to occupy the office of the governor’s wife. The office of the Adamawa first lady was vacant for over 100 days as each of the four wives claimed to be the legal occupant of the controversial office.
In October 2016, she was appointed as the new trial judge of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, which the group expressed total rejection.
They claimed that Binta, who was born on May 14, 1959, is President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari’s sister and so, would be biased in trying Nnamdi Kanu. She became a judge on July 28, 2000.
Recently, the trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu took a new turn after a Federal high Court judge ruled on the application for secret trial by the Department of State Services (DSS).
After the judgment, Justice Binta Nyako made her ruling that witnesses in the ongoing trial of Nnamdi Kanu would be protected behind a screen and an angry Kanu replied from the dock, saying he will not be subjected to a secret trail by the federal government.
But he was in for a shocker when the judge replied, ”I will try you secretly, jail you and nothing will happen.” This statement has continued to generate contyroversy among Nigerians and IPOB followers who feel Justice Binta Nyako won’t be fair to Nnamdi Kanu because of her strong tie to President Buhari.