Jubilation As Nnamdi Kanu Defeats Buhari’s Government In Court
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, won a court battle against the Nigerian government on Wednesday in Abia State.
The Nigerian government’s appeal to the High Court’s jurisdiction to hear Kanu’s basic rights action was denied by Justice Ben Anya of the Abia State High Court.
Kanu has filed the fundamental human rights complaint against the Nigerian government through his special attorney, Aloy Ejimakor.
In the lawsuit, Ejimakor argued that the invasion of the IPOB leader’s home in Abia State in 2017 was illegal and an infringement of his constitutional rights.
He asked the court to declare his detention and torture in Kenya last year unconstitutional.
The case, in which Ejimakor filed in August, further sought the court to stop the Nigerian government from prosecuting Kanu, mandating it to release the IPOB leader and tender an apology to Kanu, among others.
But, during today’s proceedings, the Nigerian government challenged the jurisdiction of the court to hear the suit.
This was disclosed by Ejimakor in a tweet.
“Breaking: MNK wins as Abia High Court rejects Nigerian government’s challenge to its jurisdiction to hear Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s fundamental rights suit. Judgment on other issues still in progress,” Ejimakor wrote.