Speedy of Hearing Suit at ECOWAS Court


Nnamdi Kanu’s lawyer writes ECOWAS Court over speedy hearing of suit

by Idris Sulaiman


The lawyer to the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor has written to the ECOWAS Court of Justice hearing the application for the enforcement of the fundamental rights of Kanu to expedite action on the suit.

In a letter titled Re: Nnamdi Kanu Vs Federal Republic of Nigeria and ORS, Suit No: ECW/CCJ/APP/06/16, Request for Expeditious Conclusion of this suit, a copy of which was obtained by our ICIR.org on Monday , Barrister Ejiofor said that Kanu’s fate lies in the uncommon courage of the ECOWAS Court to deliver justice without fear or favour.

The suit file at the ECOWAS Court was November last year adjourned to January 9, 2017 but the Court has also been adjourned to March 7, 2017

He lamented that the IPOB leader has remained in an unlawful incarceration at the behest of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria since October 14, 2015.

Barrister Ejiofor in the letter stressed that the application for the enforcement of the fundamental rights of Kanu bothers on his illegal arrest on October 14, 2015 and his continued detention by the operatives of State Security Services.

“Despite the orders of Courts of competent jurisdiction made by Nigerian Courts which directed the operatives of the State Security Services to release the Plaintiff in this suit unconditionally, the government of Nigeria still failed to obey these orders.

It is on the face of this gross violation of orders made by the Nigerian Courts that we approached the ECOWAS Court of Justice, which is a Regional court for definite pronouncement on the items constituting the alleged breach of fundamental rights of the plaintiff.

Applications of this nature are expected to be heard and deposed of expeditiously in line with the extant rules of this Court. It is more so when the Plaintiff’s freedom has been restrained since October 14, 2015,” he said

He further stressed that the implications of the delay by the ECOWAS Court in timely expeditiously concluding and ruling on the matter, implies that the Court also acquiesce to the continued violation of the human rights of Kanu.

While urging that the ruling be delivered on the next adjourned date which is March 7, 2017 as against the earlier date of February 9, 2017, Barrister Ejiofor argued that the violation of his client’s fundamental human rights continues unabated each time the Court neglects and refuses to deliver ruling on the application already heard.

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