ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has dismissed the Federal Government’s preliminary objections in the suit filed by the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu and two others for the enforcement of their fundamental human rights.
The presiding Judge,Justice Micah Wright, in a ruling on Tuesday dismissed the objection for lack of merit.
The IPOB leader and others who are facing charges bordering on treason filed a fundamental rights suit at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja.
They asked for compensation of $800m for alleged violation of their human rights and an order of the court for their unconditional release from prison.
In the suit, the plaintiffs prayed the court to declare that their arrest and detention since October 14, 2015 by the Federal Government was in flagrant disobedience to several orders of courts of competent jurisdiction.
They also asked the court to declare that their continued detention was a violation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Charter of 1970.
But Federal Government asked the court to dismiss the suit on the grounds that the matter is already going on at the Federal High Court and that the suit is an abuse of court process.
The presiding judge, justice Micah Wright, in a ruling Tuesday, dismissed the objection for lack of merit and fixed April 27 for hearing of the suit on its merit.
Supporters of the detained IPOB leader stormed the venue of the ECOWAS court with their usual solidarity songs.
Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court, Abuja, had last week dismissed six out of eleven-count charge Federal Government preferred against the Biafra agitators.