ECOWAS Court Adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s Case To November 18

ECOWAS Court Adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s Case To November 18

By Agency Reports on October 5, 2016
Police Biafra South East IPOB Nnamdi Kanu
Pro-Biafra group, IPOB, leader Nnamdi Kanu speaks to his counsel at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria, January 20. Kanu's lawyer says he has advised his client not to come to court on Wednesday over fears his life is in danger. | Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice have adjourned the human rights case brought by the leader of the the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu till November 8, 2016, News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reports.

The presiding judge, Micah Wright, adjourned Kanu’s alleged fundamental human right breach case against the Federal Government  on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, for fixed hearing after the defendant submitted an application.

However, Mr. Wright, dismissed the application for cost.

The federal government had written to the court to defer the case as it had a conflicting case in another court.

Opposing the application by the federal government, counsel to the accused, Ifeanyi Ejiofor requested for a cost of one million naira.

Mr. Kanu, who is a director of Radio Biafra and leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, sued the federal government, claiming he was detained illegally.

The attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice and director-general of the State Security Services (SSS) were also joined in the suit.

Asking for a compensation of $800 million for alleged violation of his human rights and an order commanding his immediate unconditional release and that of his personal belongings, Mr.Kanu pleaded that te court to direct the respondent respected, protected and promoted his right to life, liberty, freedom of movement, assembly and expression.

He also urged the court to announce that his arrest and detention since October 14, 2015, by the respondent was a disobedience to several orders of courts of competent jurisdiction.

He further urged the court to declare that his continued detention was a breach of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Charter of 1970. (NAN)


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