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 #581  by Onyekachukwu
 Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:35 pm
The Federal High Court in Abuja, on Friday, turned down request by the Indigenous Folks of Biafra, IPOB, to order the Chief of Military Employees, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, to supply their chief, Nnamdi Kanu.

In a ruling that was delivered by Justice Binta Nyako, the courtroom dismissed an utility that was filed by a crew of attorneys representing the IPOB chief, which prayed the courtroom to compel Buratai to supply their shopper, both useless or alive.

The IPOB attorneys, led by Ifeanyi Ejiofor, informed the courtroom that they haven't seen or heard from their shopper since September 14, 2017, when the Nigerian Military invaded his home, “on a murderous raid, the place life and mortar bullets have been fired on unarmed and defenceless populace, leaving 28 individuals useless and abducting many.”

Pursuant to part 40 of the Federal Excessive Courtroom Act, F12, LFN 2005 and part 6(6) (1) (four) of the 1999 structure, as amended, Kanu’s attorneys utilized for, “an order of Habeas Corpus advert subjiciendum, commanding the Respondent (Buratai), to supply the Applicant in Courtroom.”

In a counter-affidavit filed in opposition to the go well with, Buratai informed the courtroom that Kanu was by no means in custody of the Nigerian Military.

The military chief maintained that opposite to claims within the go well with, troopers who have been deployed to the South-East for ‘Operation Python Dance II, didn't have any contact in any respect with Kanu on September 12 or 14, or anytime thereafter as alleged.

The Chief of Military Employees informed the courtroom that the Nigerian Military didn't at any time arrest or took Kanu into custody inside the interval the army operation lasted, at the same time as he denied allegation that troopers invaded the IPOB chief’s home in Afara-Ukwu Ibeku, Umuahia, Abia State.

A colonel hooked up to the Chief of Military Employees’s workplace within the Military Headquarters, Abuja, Col. A.A Yusuf, who deposed to the counter-affidavit on behalf of Buratai, mentioned the alleged invasion of Kanu’s home was completely false.

In her ruling, Justice Nyako held that Ejiofor didn't persuade the courtroom that Kanu was seen with troopers at any time.

She identified that, “the doctrine of final seen,” which the applicant relied upon, despite the fact that relevant in homicide instances, has no statutory backing.


The Choose famous that Kanu was listed within the go well with as the principle applicant.

Based on the decide, she was shocked that somebody that was mentioned to be lacking was the one in search of reliefs from the courtroom, insisting that the attorneys should have moderately commenced the motion “within the title of the applicant.”

Nyako mentioned affidavits Ejiofor offered earlier than the courtroom contained felony allegations in opposition to the Nigerian Military that have to be proved past affordable doubt.

“Has the applicant positioned sufficient proof to indicate that the respondent was the final to see the applicant? Was there any proof that he was final seen with even one soldier?

“The onus of proof is not going to shift from the applicant to the respondent besides the applicant is ready to show that he was final seen by the respondent. This they've didn't do.

“This utility fails and it's hereby dismissed. Be prepared to your case,” the Choose held.

When Ejiofor demanded to know from the courtroom what the following line of motion could be in respect of Kanu’s pending trial, since his whereabouts has remained unknown.

Justice Nyako defined, “So far as I'm involved, the applicant is on bail. Was he not launched on bail based mostly on an endeavor by sureties?

“The sureties assured to supply the applicant in courtroom for his trial, so three of them ought to produce him.

“They made an endeavor and deposed to the truth that they are going to produce him to face trial.

“If there may be any purpose they can not produce him, they need to inform me on that date.”
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