A High Court in Abia State, presided over by Hon. Justice C. J. Okereke on Tuesday, September 7, granted the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, an order to serve by substituted means, an application for enforcement of his fundamental rights.
Nnamdi Kanu had, through his lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, urged the court to, amongst other things, grant that he should be returned to Kenya where he was “abducted” and thereafter Britain, his country of abode before the federal government would apply for his repatriation.
The IPOB leader further demanded an apology from the federal government and N5 billion as damages for the violation of his Fundamental Human Rights.
According to his counsel, Ejimakor, the material issue is the unbroken chain of infringements that began with the 2017 extra-judicial attempt on his client’s life in Abia State; his voluntary flight to safety/exile; his abduction in Kenya and his extraordinary rendition to Nigeria.
He stated that these supervening issues have complicated Mazi Kanu’s prosecution and therefore must be judicially dispensed with before any further prosecutorial action, against his client, can proceed.
Ejimakor further enumerated the prayers of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu to include a declaration that the military invasion on his building and premises at Isiama Afaraukwu Ibeku, Umuahia in Abia State on September 10, 2017 by the respondents or their agents is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and an infringement of the applicant’s fundamental right to life.
The reliefs sought also include an order of injunction restraining the respondents or their agents from taking any further step in the prosecution of the applicant and an order mandating and compelling the respondents or their agents to forthwith release the applicant from detention and restitute or otherwise restore the applicant to his liberty, same being his state of being as at June 19, 2021 and to thereupon repatriate the applicant to his country of domicile, to wit Britain, to await the outcome of a formal request the respondents may file before the competent British authorities for the lawful extradition of the applicant to Nigeria to continue his prosecution in charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 (the Federal Republic of Nigeria Vs. Nnamdi Kanu).
The next hearing date is fixed for September 21, 2021.