At the conclusion of the sitting of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s suit against the federal government and the security agencies bothering on the violation of his fundamental human rights today, Friday, December 10, 2021, an Abia State High Court sitting in Umuahia has reserved judgment on the case of breach of the fundamental human rights of the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) on a date to be announced later.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has dragged the federal government and its security agencies before an Abia State High Court presided over by Justice Benson Anya telling the court that his rights were violated and deserves as huge compensation.
The judge, after the submission of the addresses by the all the counsels to the suit, said the date for the judgment would be communicated to the relevant parties in the matter and thanked them for conducting themselves properly during the court proceedings.
Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor has argued stoutly that his client, Nnamdi kanu’s rights were grossly violated both at the Isiama Afara in Umuahia North LGA of Abia State when the Nigerian Army invaded his compound and in Kenya where he was beaten up and extraordinarily and forcefully brought to Nigeria against all known laws.
He argued that his client was badly treated by the federal government and its security agencies and that his rights were seriously violated, describing it as spurious conduct which one could not expect from any state and which should deserves compensation.
“And that kind of compensation that comes when government engages in that kind of conduct is that the government loses its authority to prosecute such a case and we’re asking the court in Abuja to stop the prosecution of Mazi Nnamdi base on the unlawful expulsion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya otherwise known as unlawful rendition.
He believed that Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was rights were seriously violated in both instances and pleaded with the Umuahia High Court to award some damages and compensation to his client.
In their written and oral addresses, counsels to the Federal Government and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami SAN, Simon Enoch, Assistant State Counsel and Dauda Laminu, asked the court to dismiss the suit, saying that Kanu has failed to prove the case of human rights violation against him as a citizen.
Similarly, the police counsel, Omo Osagie and counsel to the Army Chief of Staff, Amos Tori separately maintained that Kanu did not prove the allegation of torture and forceful rendition from Kenya against his will by the federal government beyond every doubt.
In the legal fireworks over the jurisdiction of the court to entertain the case of the violation of the fundamental human rights of the IPOB leader, Justice Anya took time to inform Osagie, the police’s lawyer who insisted that th Abia High Court has no jurisdiction to entertain the matter what a fundamental human right of a citizen is.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
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