Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Sues Police, Demands N2bn Compensation

Court Revokes Nnamdi Kanu’s Bail, Orders His Re-Arrest
FILE PHOTO: Nnamdi Kanu

 

Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the leader counsel to the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has formally dragged the Nigeria Police to the Federal High Court in Abuja.

Ejiofor is suing the Nigeria Police over an alleged invasion of his house and alleged killing of four occupants by operatives of the force.

In the legal action instituted on his behalf by his lawyer Maxwell Okpara, Ejiofor is asking the court for an order to compel police to pay him the sum of N2 billion as compensation and damages for the burning of his house and  alleged shooting of his aged mother by the police at his home to in Anambra State on December 2.

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He is also asking the court to restrain the police from further harassing, intimidating, threatening his life and destroying his properties.

He further applied for an order of the court stopping the respondents from threatening him with arrest and torture and to compel them to retract the public notice made on December 3, which declared him wanted and to also tender apology to him in five major newspapers and any other form of reparation.

Meanwhile, police authorities in Anambra State last week declared Ejiofor wanted following an incident in Oraifite town which led to the killing of two police officers by suspected members of the proscribed IPOB group.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, John Abang while declaring Ejiofor wanted urged residents in the state to promptly report any information on his whereabouts to the police or other security agencies.

Drama As Police Charge Arrested Pro-Biafra Agitators

massobThe uproar generated by the recent rally by acclaimed members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Port Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State is yet to settle.

Thirty-seven of the arrested persons were on Monday arraigned before the Magistrate Court amid tight security.

Lined up for procession into the court, they continued to chant Biafra slogans, as security operatives tried to control the situation.

There was tension, as the accused persons arrived at the premises of the Rivers State High Court complex in Port Harcourt.

Lawyer to the group, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, engaged a security officer in an argument over an issue relating to the way and manner his clients were being handled.

While the argument was on, the IPOB members were led in a single file into the Magistrate Court room.

The prosecutor is pushing charges of treason and conspiracy to overthrow the Nigerian state in a matter between the accused and the Commissioner of Police.

When the case was called, the suspects pleaded not guilty.

The magistrate then remanded them in prison and adjourned the matter to the January 30 for cross-examination.

Outside the courtroom, lawyer to the accused expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling of the court.

“As at the last count, we have over 20 of them that have been killed and over 200 arrested.

“We are in court today to seek their release. In a smart move, the police have brought charges that I can describe as frivolous against them, to cover what they have done.

“We have, however, argued on the merit and demerit of the charge because in the first place, the charge filed in this court is baseless and unfounded. There is no material or fact in this charge.

“And the law is very clear, when there is a charge of capital offence with serious punishment brought before a court without jurisdiction, the court is to first of all inquire on the matter of jurisdiction before remanding the accused in prison,” Mr Ejiofor told reporters.

One of the prosecutors said he was not willing to join words with the lawyer to the accused.

While the IPOB members made their way into a waiting van, they continued to sing solidarity songs, showing no signs of slowing down.

Hundreds of acclaimed members of the IPOB from the South-south and south-east zones had gathered on Friday in Port Harcourt in support of the US President, Donald Trump.

The IPOB members, who said they were on a peaceful rally in support of who they referred to as “our man”, were abruptly dispersed by army officers and other security operatives, on Aba Road in the Rivers State capital.

Some of the protesters claimed they were attacked by security operatives, leading to many of them sustaining injuries.

Many of those who resisted the security operatives were arrested and their flags confiscated.

They were carrying flags with pictures of Donald Trump and the acclaimed leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

The IPOB supporters said they will continue to believe in their dream of the nation of biafra. the walk took them through some major streets in port harcourt.

Trial Of Nnamdi Kanu Adjourned Till April 26

Nnamdi KanuThe trial of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mr Nnamdi Kanu, which was expected to continue on Tuesday morning has been adjourned.

Kanu’s counsel, Chuks Muoma (SAN) applied for stay of proceedings pending the hearing and determination of the appeal filed by them challenging the ruling of the court delivered on March 7 granting the request of the Federal Government to shield witnesses.

Justice James Tsoho has therefore adjourned ruling on the stay of proceedings to April 26.

A Federal High Court in Abuja had on March 7 granted the application by the government to shield its witnesses in the trial of the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu and two others standing trial for alleged treason.

According to the prosecutor, the witnesses claimed they had been threatened by associates of the accused persons should they testify in the court, stressing that they would only testify if they were assured of their personal safety.

Kanu’s Trial: Court To Allow Witnesses Be Shielded

A Federal High Court in Abuja has granted the application by the government to shield its witnesses in the trial of the self-proclaimed leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, Mr Nnamdi Kanu and two others standing trial for alleged treason.

Mr Kanu’s trial was again stalled as the prosecutor, who ought to open his case, told the court that even though the prosecution witnesses were ready to testify, they had expressed fear for their lives.

According to the prosecutor, the witnesses claimed they have been threatened by associates of the accused persons should they testify in the court, stressing that they would only testify if they were assured of their personal safety.

However, counsel to the accused person, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, argued that the application would amount to asking the court to reverse itself, which he said was illegal in law.

According to him, it was a ploy by the prosecution to continue to delay the trial and there was no place in the law for sentiments and emotions.

The defence counsel said that the prosecution has shown that it was not ready for trial, therefore the charges against the accused persons should be dismissed and the accused persons be acquitted.

In his ruling on Monday, Justice James Tsoho said that the application by the Director of Public Prosecution, Mr Mohammed Diri, was not a departure from his earlier ruling that the court would protect the witnesses from any harm.

He ordered that besides proving the witnesses with a path and secret holding room, a shield would be used to ensure that only the judge, the accused persons and parties in the suit have access to the countenance of the witnesses.