Aloy Ejimakor, one of Biafra’s indigenous people’s lawyers, Nnamdi Kanu, said a recent judgment by the Abia State High Court will help in the release of the IPOB leader.
He said so on Sunday in a statement titled “The Abia High Court Judgment paved the way for the reinstatement of Nnamdi Kanu’s bail”.
According to him, the judgment proves that Nnamdi Kanu did not skip bail “voluntarily”.
PUNCH reported on January 19 that a High Court in Abia State ordered the federal government to pay the sum of 1 billion naira to the leader of the indigenous people of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, and send him a letter apologies.
Kanu had approached the court to demand 5 billion naira following the army’s invasion of his father’s house on September 10, 2017.
Clarifying the verdict, the lawyer said, “This press release is necessitated by the flurry of public comment on the January 19, 2022 judgment of the Abia State High Court in favor of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
“Most commentary has been limited to examining the latent impacts judgment may have beyond monetary reward and apology. Of particular note is whether the judgment is expected to directly or indirectly impact the lingering notion that Kanu skipped bail in 2017, which was the basis of the arrest warrant that was used to justify his restitution.
“In summary, the answer is yes: this historic judgment has created new legal opportunities for Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, particularly with regard to the dismissal of the arrest warrant which guaranteed his extraordinary extradition.
“You will recall that from late 2017, I had maintained a much publicized position that Nnamdi Kanu had never jumped bail and that he would, in due course, prove that it was the Nigerian government that bailed him out. compelled to flee and seek refuge outside Nigeria This was the substantive issue before the Court and it prevailed.
“In particular, the Court found that: “The Court is of the opinion that the army deployed in pythons to put an end to the life of Nnamdi Kanu. The military invasion of her home in Afaraukwu Ibeku is so notorious that the Court cannot turn a blind eye to her. He deserves an apology and compensation.”
“Furthermore, the Court held that: ‘Kanu has proved by credible evidence to the Honorable Court that his fundamental rights to human dignity and personal liberty have been shamelessly or brazenly violated and that his right fundamental to life has been brazenly threatened by the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“In other words, the Court implicitly held that Kanu never made a voluntary decision to flee Nigeria or absent himself from his trial. To that extent, this judgment finally erased the acquired and false notion that Kanu skipped bail in 2017.
“As a result, the arrest warrant on which his restitution of Kenya was based has now become impenetrable and subject to quashing, paving the way for the reinstatement of his previous bond.”
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