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Nnamdi Kanu’s Trial: DSS Operatives Block Court Premises


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Security has been tightened around the Federal High Court in Abuja, ahead of the resumed trial of the embattled leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.

Reports revealed that operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, on Friday, blocked all roads leading to the premises of the court.

Naija News understands that Kanu is appearing before Justice Binta Nyako to resume the 15-count charge bordering on terrorism and felony, levelled against him by the incumbent government.

It was gathered that the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court, Justice Tosho, had ordered a secret trial of all terrorism cases.

Justice Nyako is expected to rule on Kanu’s fundamental human rights suit against the Federal Government in the next sitting.

Recall that Kanu had sued the Federal Government for N50 billion over alleged human rights violations.

Naija News reports Kanu filed the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/462/2022 on Thursday through his counsel, Mike Ozekhome.

Defendants in the suit are the federal government and the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.

In the suit, the IPOB leader told the court that he was kidnapped from Kenya and brought back to Nigeria to stand trial, asking the court to award the sum of N100 million to him “as the cost of this action”.

Kanu wants the court to order his release from Department of State Service custody, and he is also seeking a ruling restraining the federal government from taking any further step to prosecute him over criminal charges.

Kanu asked the court to determine “whether the way and manner in which the plaintiff was abducted in Kenya and extraordinarily renditioned to Nigeria is consistent with extant laws particularly the provisions of Article 12 (4) of the African charter on human and peoples rights (ratification and enforcement) Act Cap A9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, and Article/Part 5 (a) of the African Charter’s principles and guidelines on human and peoples’ rights while countering terrorism in Africa”.