Court Takes Decision On Nnamdi Kanu’s Case Against FG

GodGift Ifunanya
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The Federal High Court in Abuja has taken a decision in a case involving the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

The Court once again adjourned a new N1 billion lawsuit filed by Kanu against the Federal Government until March 18 for a hearing.

The hearing, scheduled for today, was initially postponed when no legal representative appeared for Kanu in court. Upon resuming the session today, the defense counsel, I.I. Hassan, informed the court that they had not yet received the necessary documents for the case.

However, Kanu’s lawyer, Alloy Ejimakor, asserted that all requirements for serving the defense with the documents had been fulfilled. He expressed confusion as to why the originating motion and other applications had not been served on the defense by the bailiff.

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Subsequently, Justice James Omotosho adjourned the proceedings until March 18 to allow the plaintiff to properly serve the defense

NAN reported that Kanu, through his lawyer Ejimakor, filed the latest suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1633/2023, to enforce his fundamental rights while in detention.

In the originating motion filed on December 4, the applicant sued the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN), the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), the Department of State Services (DSS), and its Director-General as the first to fourth respondents.

The suit was filed in accordance with Order II, Rules 1 & 2 of the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules 2009, among others. In the motion, Kanu sought several reliefs related to his rights while in detention, including declarations regarding the handling of confidential legal documents and consultations with his lawyers.

He described the acts of the respondents as illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional, constituting an infringement of his fundamental rights to fair hearing.

Kanu also sought injunctions to restrain the respondents from further infringing on his rights, as well as an official apology and compensation of N1 billion for the damages suffered as a result of the rights’ breach.

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