Court Strikes Out Nmandi Kanu’s Suit Against Judge

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Justice Inyang Ekwo of a Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday struck out a suit instituted by the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, against the Chief Judge of the FHC on his secret trial over terrorism charges.

The suit which had the Chief Judge, Justice John Tsoho as the sole defendant was thrown out following its dramatic withdrawal by Kanu.

The IPOB leader had dragged the Chief Judge before the court following the adoption of a Practice Direction that directed the trial of terrorism-related charges to be done in camera.

His grouse was that the secret trial policy effected shortly after the Federal Government slammed 15 treasonable felony charges against him constituted an infringement to his fundamental rights to fair trial.

During proceedings, when hearing was to commence on Friday, Kanu through his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, announced that he was no longer interested in continuing with the suit.

Ejiofor subsequently applied that the matter be struck out in line with the wish of Kanu.

Ejiofor told journalists that the action was withdrawn following discovery that the secret trial of terrorism charges policy adopted during trial of Kanu was not targeted at his client.

(Punch)

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