Court will determine the validity of Kanu’s trial on January 19th

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Nnamdi Kanu enjoys full luxury in custody - DSS
Nnamdi Kanu enjoys full luxury in custody - DSS
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Will the trial of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), continue or end abruptly at the Federal High Court in Abuja?

On January 19, an Abia State High Court in Umuahia, the state capital, will rule on this and other issues.

It will rule on a lawsuit seeking to put an end to Kanu’s ongoing treasonous felony trial before Justice Binta Nyako.

Since his return to the country, the IPOB leader has been held by the Department of State Services (DSS).

After closing arguments by Kanu’s special counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, Justice Benson Anya of the Abia High Court set the date.

In a lawsuit filed on August 27, 2021, the lawyer is seeking an order of injunction barring the Federal Government from proceeding with the prosecution of Kanu on the charge FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015.

The lawsuit also seeks an order requiring the government to immediately release Kanu from detention, restore his liberty prior to his alleged abduction on June 19, 2021, and repatriate him to the United Kingdom, where he is a citizen.

Kanu also wants an apology published in three national dailies for the alleged violation of his fundamental rights.

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“A declaration that the Nigerian government’s military invasion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Abia State in September 2017 was illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional, and amounts to an infringement of his fundamental rights to life, dignity of his person, personal liberty, and fair hearing as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights,” the prayers say.

“A declaration that the arrest of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya by Nigerian government agents without due process of law is arbitrary, illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional, and amounts to a violation of his fundamental rights to personal liberty and a fair hearing, as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.”

A declaration that the Nigerian government’s torture and detention of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in Kenya is illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional, and amounts to a violation of his fundamental rights to life, liberty, and a fair trial, as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

“A declaration that the Nigerian government’s expulsion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria, as well as his subsequent detention and planned prosecution in Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 (the Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Nnamdi Kanu), is illegal, unlawful, and unconstitutional, and amounts to an infringement of his fundamental rights against unlawful expulsion and detention, as well as his right to a fair hearing, as guaranteed by the Nigerian

IPOB also raised the alarm about Kanu’s continued detention yesterday, alleging that he is being subjected to mental and emotional torture.

In a statement, the group’s Media and Publicity Director, Emma Powerful, urged men and women of good conscience to lobby the government to release Kanu so that he does not die in detention.

“Solitary confinement of an innocent person is a crime under Section 2 of the Anti-torture Act of 2017, which carries a sentence of 25 years in prison if convicted…,” the statement reads in part.

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“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s detention in solitary confinement, where he is subjected to daily mental and emotional torture because of his belief in Biafra freedom and independence, is no longer a point of contention.

“We are appealing to men and women of good conscience, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, intersociety, and reputable human rights organizations around the world to persuade the Nigerian government and security agencies, particularly the DSS, as well as Justice Binta Nyako, to release Nnamdi Kanu, whose health requires immediate attention.”

“He should not be allowed to die in custody, as this scenario is not in anyone’s best interests.”

Last year, the DSS asked anyone who had a complaint about Kanu’s treatment in detention to seek legal help.

It also denied that Kanu had been tortured in any way.

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