Kanu vs FG at ECOWAS Court for Definite Hearing on Nov. 8

The ECOWAS Court of Justice has adjourned till November 8 for definite hearing in a case brought against the Federal Government by the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
Kanu had sued the Federal Government on alleged breach of his fundamental human rights .
The presiding Judge, Justice Micah Wright, adjourned the case on Wednesday for definite hearing following an application by the defendant.
The Federal Government, who was absent, had written to the court to adjourn the case because the case conflicting case in another court.
But , Counsel to the plaintiff, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, opposed the application for adjournment and requested for a cost of N1m compensation for absence of the Federal Government .
Wright, however, declined the request for cost by the applicant.
Kanu is suing the Federal Government for illegal detention, which he said has breached his rights of movement.
Joined in the suit were the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and Director-General of Department of State Service.
Kanu, in the suit, is asking for a compensation of $800m for the violation of his human rights and an order directing his unconditional release and that of his personal belongings.
He also urged the court to direct the defendants to respect, protect and promote his rights to life, liberty, freedom of movement, assembly and expression.
The plaintiff prayed the court to declare that his arrest and detention since Oct. 14, 2015 by the defendant was in flagrant disobedience to several orders of courts of competent jurisdiction.
He also prayed the court to declare that his continued detention was a violation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the United Nations Charter of 1970.

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