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BIAFRA: Nnamdi Kanu File N25B Suit Against Nigeria Over Extradition
The embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has filed a new suit at Umuahia Federal High Court regarding his extradition from Kenya in late June 2021.
Kanu within the suit in Abia State by his Special Counsel, Mr. Aloy Ejimakor, in line with a press release on Friday, stressed that his extradition was “unconstitutional”.
The statement was titled, ‘Nnamdi Kanu approaches Federal High Court, Umuahia to enforce his fundamental rights against illegal expulsion’ demanded a fine of N25 billion as damages for “the physical, mental, emotional, psychological, property” Kanu suffered throughout his extradition.
The lawyer noted that the director of Radio Biafra approached a Federal High Court after the High Court of Abia State on January 19, 2022, declined jurisdiction on grounds that rendition, being associated with extradition, lies within the exclusive jurisdiction of the Federal High Court.
The statement read:
“A declaration that, under Article 12(4) of the Charter, the expulsion (or extraordinary rendition) of the Applicant from Kenya to Nigeria by the Respondents without a decision taken by the law of Kenya is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right to a fair hearing and not to be expelled from a State Party to the Charter except by virtue of a decision taken in accordance with the law, as enshrined and guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of CFRN and the Charter.
“A declaration that any criminal prosecution of the Applicant the purpose of which the Respondents unlawfully expelled the Applicant from Kenya to Nigeria is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right to a fair hearing, as enshrined and guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of CFRN and the Charter.
“An order of injunction restraining and prohibiting the Respondents from taking any further step in any criminal prosecution of the Applicant enabled by the said unlawful expulsion of the Applicant from Kenya to Nigeria.
“An order mandating and compelling the Respondents to forthwith restitute or otherwise restore the Applicant to his liberty, same being his state of being as of 19th June 2021; and to thereupon repatriate the Applicant to his country of lawful domicile (to wit: the United Kingdom) to await the outcome of any formal request the Respondents may file before the competent authorities in Britain for the lawful extradition of the Applicant to Nigeria.
“An order mandating and compelling the Respondents to issue an official Letter of Apology to the Applicant for the infringement of his fundamental rights, and publication of said Letter of Apology in three (3) national dailies.
“An order mandating and compelling the Respondents to pay the sum of N25,000,000,000 to the Applicant, being monetary damages claimed by the Applicant against the Respondents jointly and severally for the physical, mental, emotional, psychological, property and other damages suffered by the Applicant as a result of the infringements of Applicant’s fundamental rights by the Respondents.”