Court Orders Nigerian Government To Return Nnamdi Kanu To Kenya

A Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia, on Wednesday, ordered the Federal Government to return Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to Kenya before his rendition on June 19, 2021.

Delivering judgment, Justice Evelyn Anyadike, also awarded Kanu N500m in general damages.

Kanu prayed to the court to redress his infamous unlawful expulsion or extraordinary rendition from Kenya by the Federal Government.

The suit which was filed in March, has the Federal Government, the Attorney-General of the Federal and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and President Muhammadu Buhari as respondents.

The court referred to the Court of Appeal’s judgment of Oct.13 in Abuja and granted all the eight reliefs sought by Kanu, which bothered on extraordinary rendition.

The court held that the expulsion or extraordinary rendition of Kanu is a clear violation of his fundamental rights under Article 12(4) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, as well as Chapter IV of the Nigerian Constitution.

It held that the manner of arrest, torture, continued detention and denial of the right to a fair hearing amounted to a brazen violation of Kanu’s rights.

While delivering the one-and-half-hour judgment, Anyadike held that the burden was on the respondents to justify their actions, which they failed to do so.

Reacting, Kanu’s counsel, Mr Alloy Ejimakor, hailed the court for what he described as a “painstaking judgment.”

According to him, it shows that the court is the last hope of the common man and has reinstated our confidence in the judiciary as lawyers.


About Delia Innoma

Delia Innoma is a prolific writer, promoter, artist manager with full professional proficiency in English, German and Igbo languages. She studied accounting and computer programming at the Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Germany respectively. Delia is also a devoted mother of two and she founded the Diamond Celebrities Magazine. Her sense of responsibility and commitment to the Christian faith are essential forces driving her daily activities.

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