Nnamdi Kanu: Fresh Prosecution Application Stalls Hearing of Fundamental Suit at ECOWAS Court


Alex Enumah in Abuja
A fresh application by the prosecution yesterday stalled hearing of the fundamental rights suit filed by leader of the indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu at the Economic Community of West Africa (ECOWAS) Court of Justice sitting in Abuja.

Kanu had dragged the federal government to the regional court alleging breach of his rights.
But the court is yet to hear the matter, since March 2016, when it was filed.
The case had been adjourned in November 2017 after a previous postponement a month before that time, following applications by parties in the matter.

At yesterday’s proceedings, the presiding judge, Justice Hemeye Mahdmadane, announced that the court would be adjourning after entertaining a fresh application by the prosecution.
He said the court’s decision to adjourn is based on the fact that motions brought before the court in November were yet to be translated into English language.

At the resumed hearing, the prosecution counsel, Maimuna Shiru, informed the court that her client had a motion seeking to keep the court abreast of the recent developments in the matter.

Shiru said the motion seeks to inform the ECOWAS court that IPOB had already been proscribed and that the Federal High Court in Abuja had affirmed the proscription of the group.
Reacting to the recent application, however, Ejiofor accused the prosecution of making unnecessary motions aimed at preventing the case from succeeding.

It warned Ejiofor to desist from making such utterances in court.
The matter has been adjourned to May 30.