The law suit filed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) against the Federal Government of Nigeria has been adjourned to October 7, 2021 for further hearing. The vacation judge, Justice K.C.K. Okereke of the Abia State High Court, before adjourning the matter today ordered that it be transferred back to the State Chief Judge for re-assignment as his vacation elapses on 30th September 2021.
The judge noted that Nnamdi Kanu shall be entitled to certain reliefs against any party that fails to respond timely to the suit. He had earlier granted Nnamdi Kanu leave to serve all respondents by substituted means through a publication in two national dailies.
Nnamdi Kanu had, through his special counsel, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, sued the Federal Government of Nigeria for his extra-ordinary rendition from Kenya to Nigeria.
He demands, among other things, that he should be returned to Kenya where he was abducted, and then to Britain where he resides; and that the Federal Government of Nigeria should paid N5 billion for the gross violation of his fundamental human rights.
The respondents include the Federal Government, the Attorney General of the Federation, the Chief of Army Staff, Brigade Commander, 14 Brigade Ohafia, Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police, Abia State, the Director General of the Department of State Services, DSS, and the Abia State Director of DSS.
The seventh and eight respondents, DSS, through their counsel, Barrister. C. Odukwe, filed a counter affidavit, seeking time extension. However, the first to the sixth respondents did not appear in court, nor were they represented by any attorney.
Counsel to Nnamdi Kanu had prayed the court to foreclose any further opportunities to the other respondents, who did not appear in court to file any other counter-affidavit. But the judge said granting the prayer would be speculative.
Later in an interview with Vanguard Newspaper, Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer, Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, expressed optimism his client would get justice in the end. Barrister Aloy Ejimakor who appeared for Nnamdi Kanu in company of several lawyers including Barrister Patrick Agazie and Barrister Wilson Kalu, expressed confidence in the capacity of the Abia High Court to uphold the law by enforcing Nnamdi Kanu’s fundamental human right.
He said that the judiciary remained the last hope of the common man, arguing that in democracy, court orders should be respected by all.
According to his words; “There is an unbroken chain of federal government’s violations of Nnamdi Kanu’s constitutional rights that started 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.
“At today’s hearing, it emerged that out of the eight respondents, only two, that is the DSS in Abuja and Umuahia have filed their reply to the Suit but their processes were filed out of time.
“Nothing was received from the other six respondents, which included the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney-General of the Federation and the Nigerian Army,” Barrister Aloy Ejimakor stated.
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