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Court Strikes Out Nnamdi Kanu’s Suit Against High Court Chief Judge

Justice Inyang Edem Ekwo of the Federal High Court on Friday struck out the suit instituted by the detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu against the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice John Tsoho on the secret trial of terrorism charges policy of the court.

The suit, which has only the Chief Judge as the sole defendant, was thrown out following its withdrawal by Kanu himself.

Kanu was reported to have sued the Chief Judge before the court following the adoption of a Practice Direction that directed the trial of terrorism-related charges to be done in camera.

He agitated that the secret trial policy which was implemented shortly after the Federal Government slammed 15-count treasonable felony charges against him was an infringement of his fundamental rights to a fair trial.

It was gathered that at today’s proceedings when the hearing was to start, the Biafra Nation agitator through his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, announced that he was no longer interested in continuing with the suit.

Ejiofor, who then applied that the matter is struck out in line with the wish of Kanu noted that the action was withdrawn following the discovery that the secret trial of terrorism charges policy adopted during the trial of Kanu was not targeted at his client.

Meanwhile, News360 info had reported earlier that the Igbo apex socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to consider releasing and meeting the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

The Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said Buhari should see the request in line with Kanu’s letter requesting a political solution from the president.

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He said, “now that Nnamdi Kanu is the one writing Buhari himself seeking a political solution, I think the federal government, as a matter of national interest and security, should cash in on this opportunity and dialogue with Biafran agitators.”

He continued that if the federal government sees it as a national interest of general importance, they should first grant presidential pardon to all those ready to dialogue with them, including Yoruba agitators and Northern agitators or those who pick up arms against the government.

The Ohanaeze’s secretary-general noted that Federal Government should grant his request from his lawyers and his case should be discontinued.

According to him, the move would allow the government access to two vital ingredients that would help to stop the further sit-at-homes that have paralysed the economic activities in the old Eastern region, comprising eleven states.

Isiguzoro stated that “now he has accepted and is remorseful and is ready to speak with the Federal Government. They should not allow this opportunity to pass by.”

Describing the release of Kanu and about 400 people incarcerated in prison in facilities across the country as the best political solution, he said it would not only save Nigeria from further hurt and referendum, but also from disintegration.

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