The Federal High Court, sitting in Umuahia on Wednesday, October 26th rejected the Federal government’s application to transfer the ‘extraordinary rendition’ suit filed by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to Abuja.
Kanu’s Special Counsel, Mr Aloy Ejimakor, who shared the update via his official social media page, said the court rules that “Umuahia has the jurisdiction to hear and determine the suit”.
Recall that Kanu had through his Special Counsel, Mr Aloy Ejimakor, sued the Federal Government, challenging his abduction and extraordinary rendition from Kenya.
Kanu is praying the court to order his return to Kenya where he was abducted or UK, his country of abode.
The presiding Judge, Justice Evelyn Anyadike, in her ruling, denied the federal government’s application to transfer the ‘extraordinary rendition’ suit to Abuja, and rules that “Umuahia has the jurisdiction to hear and determine the suit”.
The judge also denied the federal govt’s second preliminary objection to its jurisdiction based on Res Judicata.
“The Court rules that the Abia State High Court judgment of Jan 19, 2022 was specific to the 2017 military invasion, not the 2021 extraordinary rendition,” Aloy Ejimakor tweeted.