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Tuesday 4 October 2022

Kanu's Trial: Court fixes October 27 for ruling on 'unlawful' extradition

Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra 

Kanu's Trial: Court fixes October 27 for ruling on 'unlawful' extradition

• As lawyer seeks ₦25B compensation for Kanu's human rights violation

October 4, 2022

Lawson Ozoemela | The Biafra Times

An Umuahia division of the Federal High Court, Abia State, Tuesday, entertained the 'extraordinary rendition' suit of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The suit initiated by Kanu's special counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, sought among others, the court's declaration that the "expulsion" of his client from Kenya to Nigeria remained "illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of the applicant's fundamental human rights".

The applicant's counsel prayed the court to mandate the respondents; the federal government of Nigeria (FG), and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), to restore the IPOB leader to his liberty as he was prior to his apprehension on June 19, 2021; stating that the government of Nigeria could formally apply to Britain for Kanu's lawful extradition, subsequently.

In his address to the court, Ejimakor cited that the applicant did undergo physical, mental, emotional, psychological, and property damages; thus requesting the court to compel the respondents pay the sum of twenty-five billion naira (₦25,000,000,000) to Kanu for compensation.

Reacting, counsel to the federal government, Simon Enoch argued that part of the applicant's prayers had been decided by a jurisdictional court; while he pleaded for more time to respond to others.

At the conclusion of the oral arguments, the presiding justice Evelyn Anyadike adjourned proceedings until October 27, for final ruling.

Published by Charles Opanwa 

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