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Lawyer Asks Court To Prosecute Abaribe, Fani-Kayode, Ors, For Nnamdi Kanu’s Escape

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A lawyer, Barrister Isaiah Agidi Ayugu has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to prosecute Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode, Tochukwu Uchendu, Emmanuel Shallom Ben, Emmanuel Kanu, Uchechi Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor and a host of others over the escape of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB], Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

In the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1254/18 and dated October 31, 2018, Barrister Ayugu alleged that the affected persons are responsible for the “disappearance” of Nnamdi Kanu from the country.

The plaintiff asked the court to order their arrest and prosecution after proper investigation into how Mazi Kanu fled the country.

Joined in the suit as respondents are the Director-General of the Department of State Security [DSS], the Inspector-General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force.

In the suit filed through his counsel, Oghenovo Otemu, Ayugu prayed the court for an order mandating all the respondents in the case to investigate and prosecute all those mentioned in the case as well as all those who worked together to propagate the falsehood that Kanu was abducted, kidnapped, arrested and detained by the Nigerian Military.

The document read in part: “An order mandating the respondents to investigate and prosecute Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode, Tochukwu Uchendu, Emmanuel Shallom Ben, Emmanuel Kanu, Uchechi Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor and all those who worked together to propagate and spread the inciting lies and falsehood that Nnamdi Kanu was abducted, arrested, kidnapped, detained, killed and assassinated by the Nigerian Military when indeed they were well aware of Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts because they played roles in helping Nnamdi Kanu disappear from Nigeria.”

In the affidavit attached to the origination motion ex parte, he stated:

“That the said Nnamdi Kanu, the so-called self-acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a group that has long been proscribed and designated a terrorist group is alive and was seen in Israel from where he called a World Press Conference and made a live broadcast of his new and renewed agenda for his group. In the broadcast, Kanu boasted that he will bring ‘Hell to Nigeria’.

“That it is therefore clear that whilst Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Tochukwu Uchendu, Emmanuel Shallow Ben, Emmanuel Kanu, Uchechi Kanu, leaders of Afaraukwu community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia state, the different Civil Liberty Organisations and media practitioners and so many others too numerous to mention were making several dangerous claims that Nnamdi Kanu has been killed, abducted or being held by the Army of government, they were aware that he was actually out of the country by their collective or respective assistance from where he resurfaced in video clips of him praying in Israel and subsequent video broadcast.

“That because Senator Abaribe took Nnamdi Kanu on bail, the case against Nnamdi Kanu has not seen the light of the day as Nnamdi Kanu has now jumped bail.”

No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.

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