Terrorism: Court Dismisses Kanu’s Lawsuit Against CJ

On Friday, Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja dismissed a suit filed by the imprisoned leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, against the Chief Judge of the FHC in connection with his secret trial for alleged terrorism.

The suit, which listed the Chief Judge, Justice John Tsoho, as the sole defendant, was dismissed after Kanu abruptly withdrew it.

Following the approval of a Practice Direction for the trial of terrorism-related charges to be conducted in camera, the IPOB leader dragged the Chief Judge before the court.

His complaint was that the secret trial policy put in place immediately after the Federal Government filed 15-count treasonable felony charges against him constituted an  infringement of his fundamental rights to fair trial.

When the hearing was scheduled to commence on Friday, Kanu indicated through his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, that he was no longer interested in continuing with the suit.

Ejiofor then requested that the lawsuit be dismissed in accordance with Kanu’s wishes.

According to Ejiofor, the action was withdrawn once it was discovered that the secret trial of terrorism cases used during Kanu’s prosecution was not directed at his client.

Ada Peter
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