The Abia State High Court has fixed November 2, 2021, to hear the N5 billion lawsuit filed by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), against the Nigerian government.
Aloy Ejimakor, Kanu’s lawyer, disclosed on Thursday, in a statement titled, ‘Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Fundamental Rights suit to be heard on 2nd November, 2021’, that the lawsuit was filed on August 27.
The separatist leader is demanding that the federal government returns him to Kenya where he was “abducted”, alongside the N5 billion for alleged gross violation of his fundamental rights.
“For the information of the general public, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s Fundamental Rights suit pending before the High Court of Abia State has been assigned and set down for hearing on 2nd November, 2021,” the statement reads.
“On this date, the Nigerian government and its Attorney-General will be expected to move their extant application for extension of time to file their defense to the suit and my opposition to the application.
“It is my intention to, on the spot, move for a Ruling on their application for extension of time, so that the case can proceed quickly to the next level, which is expected to be a definitive hearing on the substantive matter.
“Fundamental Rights suits are intended to be concluded quickly, especially in situations such as this where my Client, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (the Applicant) is currently incarcerated.”
Kanu’s trial bordering on treason, treasonable felony, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms before the Federal High Court, Abuja, was adjourned till November 10, after he was presented in court on October 21 by the Department of State Services (DSS).