Court orders FG to return IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu to Kenya

Court orders return of Nnamdi Kanu to Kenya

 

A Federal high Court sitting in Umuahia the Abia State capital has ordered the Federal government to return the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu to Kenya where he was adopted by agents of Government

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In her judgement Wednesday in Umuahia , Justice Evelyn Anyadike insisted that Kanu’s extra ordinarily rendition in Kenya on June 19th 2021 by the federal government, was a fragrant abuse on his fundamental human rights.

The judge noted that the burden was on the respondents to justify their action which they failed to achieve.

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The suit which was filed in March, has the Federal Government, the attorney-general of the federation and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami; and President Muhammadu Buhari as respondents.

The court cited the Abuja Court of Appeal’s judgment from October 13 and granted all eight of Kanu’s requests for relief, including the one regarding extraordinary rendition.

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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 fair hearing amounted to a brazen violation of Kanu’s rights.

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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.

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