The Nigerian government’s arrest and repatriation of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), from Kenya has been confirmed by a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Mr Kanu’s lawsuit, in which he sought N50 billion from the federal government for allegedly repatriating him “illegally” from Kenya to Nigeria without completing a legitimate extradition procedure, was dismissed by Justice Binta Nyako.
When there was a “surviving bench warrant” for the IPOB leader’s arrest, Nyako argued that his repatriation to Nigeria could not be deemed to be unlawful.
“There is a bench warrant for the arrest of the defendant (Mr Kanu). He is a fugitive that is wanted in court. The bench warrant survives until he is brought to court”
The judge, on the other hand, dismissed eight of the 15 counts of treasonable crime and terrorist charges.
She found that eight of the counts against Mr Kanu did not prove any real wrongdoing. The defence team’s argument to the court’s jurisdiction to hear the case was rejected by the judge.