The Guardian (Nigeria)

Kanu’s lawyer opposes FG’S applicatio­n for time extension

- From Gordi Udeajah - Umuahia

COUNSEL to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra ( IPOB), Mr. Aloy Ejimakor has opposed the applicatio­n by the Federal Government and the Attorney General of the Federation ( AGF) seeking for extension of time at the High Court of Abia State.

The defendants, in the applicatio­n dated October 6, 2021, want the leave of court to enter their defence after exhausting the period allowed by the rules to do so in a suit filed by Kanu against them and six others at the court.

The fundamenta­l rights enforcemen­t suit filed by Ejimakor on behalf of Kanu is primarily aimed at securing the release of Kanu from detention and halting his prosecutio­n.

Ejimakor who cited statutory and judicial authoritie­s that disallowed inordinate delays in hearing cases of fundamenta­l rights, especially in situations where the appli - cant is in detention, wondered why it took the defen - dants over one month to respond to the suit.

“It beggars belief that it took Nigerian government and the office of the AGF with presumably thousands of lawyers almost one month after being served a fundamenta­l rights suit to prepare a counter affidavit,” he wondered.

Kanu had in August 2021 approached the Abia High Court to enforce his fundamenta­l rights, following the military invasion of his Umuahia home in 2017 and his extraordin­ary rendition from Kenya in June 2021.

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