The High Court of Abia State on Tuesday adjourned the hearing of the case involving the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra Nnamdi Kanu till October 7, 2021.
Mr Kanu is challenging the alleged infringement on his fundamental rights by the Federal Government. He asked the court to award him N5billion as damages for the alleged breach of his fundamental human rights which began with the 2017 extrajudicial attempt on his life in Abia, his involuntary flight to safety/exile, his abduction in Kenya, and subsequent extradition to Nigeria.
Listed as respondents are the Federal Government, attorney general of the federation (second), chief of army staff (third), inspector general of police (fifth), director-general, Department of State Security (seventh) and three others.
The vacation judge Justice K. C. J. Okereke adjourned hearing as the Federal Government and five other respondents in the case have yet to file their responses to the suit.
The court heard that only two respondents – the DSS in Abuja and Umuahia – had filed their responses to the suit but their processes were filed out of time.
The judge subsequently adjourned the case till October 7 to allow the other respondents file their responses.
Justice Okereke noted that Kanu shall be entitled to certain reliefs against any party that fails to timely respond to the suit.