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The fundamental rights suit filed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, at the Abia State High Court could not hold today.
The counsel to Kanu, Aloy Ejimakor, disclosed this in a press release he personally signed and forwarded to Newsmen on Thursday.
Ejimakor said that the case is yet to be assigned and he was informed by the registry today that all parties will be notified of the next hearing date once the case is assigned to a court.
According to him, a fundamental rights proceeding is sui generis. In other words, it is to be treated as special and expected to be concluded quickly, especially in situations where the applicant is incarcerated.
He said, ‘Today’s outcome is a disappointment. It is my hope that, going forward, there won’t be any further delay in hearing the case.’
Ejimakor had, on August 27, 2021, filed the case, demanding that the Federal Government return the secessionist to Kenya where he was “abducted” from.
He also demanded ₦5 billion from the government over alleged gross violation of Kanu’s fundamental rights.
Recall that at the last hearing of this matter on September 21, 2021, the vacation judge had made a ruling transferring the case to the Chief Judge of Abia State High Court for assignment.
The reason was that the Abia court vacation was due to end on September 30; and according to the Judge, there was not enough time for the vacation court to conclude the case within the vacation period.
The case was therefore adjourned to October 7, 2021 (Today) for assignment to a Judge that will hear it under the regular court calendar.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK