High Court Adjourns Nnamdi Kanu’s ₦50 Billion Suit Against FG
In a significant legal development, the Federal High Court in Abuja has adjourned the ₦50 billion lawsuit filed by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), against the Federal Government. The adjournment, until April 27, follows a request for a change of counsel by Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor.
Change of Counsel and Further Mention
Ejimakor informed the court of his assumption of the case from Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, who initially filed the suit on April 7, 2022. The presiding judge, Justice Inyang Ekwo, directed Ejimakor to ascertain if a similar matter was pending in any sister court or if a judgment had been delivered in a similar suit. No counsel appeared for the defendants during the proceedings.
Background of the Lawsuit
Kanu sued the Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) over alleged violations of his rights. He claims to have been unlawfully abducted from Kenya and brought back to Nigeria for trial. The lawsuit seeks to determine the legality of his abduction and extradition, as well as the validity of the charges against him.
Allegations and Legal Claims
Kanu’s lawsuit raises questions about the compliance with international and domestic laws in his arrest and extradition. It challenges the legality of the charges brought against him and seeks his release from custody. Additionally, Kanu requests an injunction to halt further prosecution and demands financial compensation for damages.
In response, the FRN and AGF filed a preliminary objection, arguing that Kanu’s lawsuit constitutes an abuse of court process. They contend that a similar case was already before another Federal High Court, rendering Kanu’s lawsuit redundant and depriving the court of jurisdiction.
The adjournment of Nnamdi Kanu’s lawsuit signals a pivotal moment in the legal battle between the IPOB leader and the Federal Government. As the case unfolds, it will continue to draw attention to issues of human rights, extradition laws, and judicial jurisdiction in Nigeria.