The suit filed against the federal government by Barrister Aloy Ejim mkakor, the legal counsel to Nnamdi Kanu aimed at redressing the infamous unlawful expulsion or extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu to Nigeria was held on Tuesday in Umuahia, the capital of Abia state.
Nnamdi Kanu’s counsel prayed the court to bring the Kanu’s case from Abuja to Umuahia which is the ancestral home of Nnamdi Kanu.
According to Bar. Ejimakor, “the Suit is sui generis (of a special class) and it is primarily aimed at redressing the infamous unlawful expulsion or extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu, which is a clear violation of his fundamental rights under Article 12(4) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, as well as Chapter IV of the Nigerian Constitution.”
The defense counsel for the federal government, Simon Enoch who is an assistant chief counsel, federal ministry of justice made his argument during the proceedings before the adjournment.
During the court proceedings, Bar. Enoch argued that the application by Kanu’s counsel is an abuse to court process.
According to Bar. Alloy, the matter was solely military invasion on Nnamdi Kanu’s house in 2017.
Around the court premises, armed Policemen drafted from the Crack Squad team of the Nigeria Police to maintain law and order.
The road leading to the court, Zone 9 Command and the State House of Assembly hitherto blocked has security at the area as most people were scrutinized before being allowed to get through.
The security check caused gridlock along the road which leads to Zone 9 Police Command as well as the House of Assembly, even as motorists heading to other major government offices including the CBN, INEC and the state electoral Commission among others.
During the proceedings, Bar. Aloy also argued that medical report on Kanu’s health is said to be poor “because he has to be alive to take his trial”.
Kanu’s counsel also argued that Kanu was unlawfully extradited from Kenya without duly filled application.
The defense counsel Bar. Enoch argued that the applicant jumped bail and there was need for him to be brought to law.
Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu and other supporters at the court premises were seen chatting victory songs after the case adjournment.
The presiding Judge, Evelyn Ayandike, after entertaining the matter, adjourned to 27th October 2022 for judgment.
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