The legal defense team of Federal Government of Nigeria failed to appear before the court today on a fundamental rights suit filed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, at the Abia State High Court.
Following the development, the court adjourned to October 7. A vacation judge, Justice KCJ Okereke was set for the hearing of the case.
Candidreporters.com recalls that there was a heavy presence of security agents at the court premises located at Ikot Ekpene Road, Umuahia, the state capital, on rainy Tuesday morning.
Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, had on August 27 2021 filed the cases demanding that the FG return his to Kenya where he was “abducted” from.
It also demanded N5 billion from the government over alleged gross violation of Nnamdi Knau’s fundamental rights.
During the supposed hearing, it was discovered that out of the eight respondents, only two – the DSS in Abuja and Umuahia – have filed their reply to the Suit but their processes were filed out of time which promoting Justice KCJ Okereke to adjourn the case.
Speaking to journalists at the court on Tuesday, Barrister Ejimakor expressed confidence in the capacity of the Abia High Court to uphold the law by enforcing Kanu’s human rights.
In his exact words: “there is an unbroken chain of federal government’s violations of Kanu’s constitutional rights that began with the lethal military invasion of his home in Umuahia and his flight to safety in 2017 and his extraordinary rendition to Nigeria in late June 2021”.