Justice Benson Anya of the High court of Abia State sitting in Umuahia on Friday concluded hearing of the ₦5b Fundamental Rights suit filed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu through his counsel Barrister Aloy Ejimakor admits heavy security presence in and out of the premises.
The fundamental rights suit which was filed on 27th August, 2021 against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and six others, is aimed at stopping Mazi Namdi Kanu’s detention and prosecution with release from detention at the DSS facitily and payment of ₦5b in damages, without forgetting Kanu’s rendition from Kenya.
At the court hearing today, Barrister Ejimakor who expressed optimism over the case in an interview with newsmen before the hearing, stated that;
“It’s important to emphasize that the suit is aimed at barring the prosecution of Kanu and securing his release from detention, because the opposite will amount to rewarding the government for the injustice inherent in the illegal rendition of Kanu”.
He cited to the authority of the Nigerian Constitution, case law and other authorities.
In their counter arguments, the lawyers to the respondents, which included Barristers Simon Enoch (for the AGF), Omo-Osagie M (for the police), Amos Tori (for the Army) and C. Odukwe for the DSS, raised preliminary objections to the jurisdiction of the Court to entertain matters pertaining to the Federal Government.
At the conclusion of oral arguments, the presiding judge, Justice Benson Anya, informed parties that they will receive a hearing notice bearing the date the court will render its judgment.