A native of Afara Village, in Abia State, Mr. Ugochukwu Keneth, has filed a suit before the Federal High Court in Abuja, seeking among others, an order directing the British High Commission and the Comptroller-General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, Mr. Mohammed Babandede, to arrest and extradite the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, from the United Kingdom.
Kanu, who is also a citizen of Britain hails from Afara Village in Nigeria.
The suit with number, FHC/ABJ/CS/930/2017, was filed on October 5, 2017 and has since been assigned to Justice John Tsoho.
The British High Commission, the Comptroller-General of NIS, and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN), are the defendants to the suit.
The plaintiff stated in his affidavit filed in support of the suit that he was an indigene of Afara Village in Abia South Senatorial District of Abia State, which was being represented in the Senate by Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe.
Keneth stated that Abararibe was among the sureties for the bail granted Kanu in his (Kanu’s ) ongoing trial before the Federal High Court in Abuja.
He said if Kanu failed to appear in court, Abaribe’s freedom could be in jeopardy, adding that if the senator was arrested, the people of Abia South Senatorial District would be denied representation at the Senate and by extension the dividends of democracy.
He stated, “That upon the perfection of the bail and consequent released of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu from prison custody, Mazi Kanu has to the best of my knowledge breached all the bail conditions to wit; granting press interviews while on bail, participating in any rally, or being found in a crowd of more than ten persons in the course of the bail and to make matters worse, Mazi Kanu has finally travelled to the United Kingdom in an attempt to escape trial and the arm of the law.
“That I know as a fact that if Mazi Nnamdi Kanu who has travelled to the United Kingdom in an attempt to escape justice, fails to appear in Court on the next adjourned date being 17th October, 2017 the freedom of the Senator representing my District and other co-sureties will be in jeopardy.
“That consequent upon the above, if Senator Abaribe who is my representative is finally arrested as required by law, myself and the good people of Abia South Senatorial District will be denied representation at the Senate and by extension the dividends of democracy.”
Source: The Punch
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