Court adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s human rights suit to Nov 19

Court adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s human rights suit to Nov 19

A Federal High Court in Abia State has adjourned a suit filed on behalf of the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, against the Federal Government.

The court had assigned the suit for hearing today (November 2) but it has now been adjourned for reasons that are yet to be clear.

According to Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, the suit was seeking his client’s unconditional release from ‘illegal detention’.

“I am saddened by this untoward development over a suit that seeks the unconditional release of Kanu from his illegal detention,” Ejimakor said.

Meanwhile, the previous judge presiding over the matter had hinted that he would not continue and therefore, called on the Chief Judge to reassign the matter to another judge.

Kanu was first arrested in 2015 on charges bordering on terrorism, treasonable felony, managing an unlawful society, publication of defamatory matter, illegal possession of firearms, and improper importation of goods, among others.

He was initially detained and arraigned in court, but he fled the country in 2017 after he was granted bail for medical reasons.

The embattled IPOB leader was later sighted in Israel, but he was intercepted on June 27 and repatriated to Nigeria to face the charges for which he was arrested – about four years since he jumped bail.

His repatriation followed an operation conducted by Nigerian security operatives in collaboration with international partners.

On July 26, Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court sitting in Abuja adjourned his trial until October 21 after the DSS failed to produce him in court.

She faulted the action of the security outfit and asked the prosecution to be diligent with dates whenever she gives one, stressing that it was important for Kanu to be present at his trial.

On October 21, he was eventually brought to court by officials of the DSS amid heavy security.

Prior to that date, the Federal Government had filed seven amended charges bordering on treasonable felony and acts of terrorism against him.

The IPOB leader was accused of using Radio Biafra to instigate violence that led to the death of at least 175 security personnel and several other citizens.

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