ECOWAS court rules on Kanu’s arrest, detention

by on December 12, 2019

An ECOWAS court sitting in Abuja has dismissed an application by the IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu

The court ruled that the Nigerian government’s arrest and detention of Kanu is lawful.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has ruled that the arrest and detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu by the Nigerian government were lawful.

The court while delivering its ruling on a suit by Kanu, alleging torture, assault, inhuman treatment and the violation of his property rights by the Nigerian government said the actions of the former were not unlawful or arbitrary.

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In the judgement delivered on Wednesday, December 11, Justice Dupe Atoki, said the plaintiff had the locus standi (legal capacity) to approach the court for the alleged violation of his human rights.

Ruling on the parties in the matter, the court struck out the names of the second and third defendants (Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and director-general, State Security Service who are not signatories to the ECOWAS Revised Treaty.

According to the court, the names listed are improper parties while leaving the 1st defendant, the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the sole defendant in the case. Meanwhile, the court had dismissed the application filed by the federal government asking that the suit be filed by Kanu.

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The federal government asked the court to dismiss the case because it is a subject matter before the Federal High Court and the appeal court.

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