Biafra: Dismiss suit to make me produce Nnamdi Kanu, Buratai tells court

Nnamdi Kanu
Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu [Photo Credit: Pulse.ng]

The Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai, has asked the Federal High Court, Abuja, to dismiss a suit, seeking to compel him to produce the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu.

Mr. Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, on Thursday brought an application before the court, asking the court to order Mr. Buratai to produce Mr. Kanu dead or alive.

Mr. Ejiofor told court that his client was last seen with the Nigerian Army on September 14 and that neither he (Ejiofor) nor Mr. Kanu’s family had seen or heard from Mr. Kanu since then.

Opposing the motion, however, Mr. Buratai through his counsel, Akinlolu Kehinde, told the court that Mr. Kanu was not and had never been in the custody of the Nigerian Army.

“The Nigerian Army did not at any time arrest or take Kanu into its custody within the period the military operation lasted in the South-east.”

The lawyer argued that there was no document before the court to prove that Mr. Kanu was in the custody of the army, noting that the onus was on Mr. Kanu to prove that he was taken by the army.

Mr. Kehinde urged the court to dismiss the application on the ground that it was laden with speculations, conjecture and assumptions which, he said, were not admissible in law.

A counter-affidavit deposed to by a colonel, A. Yusuf, also claimed that the alleged invasion of Mr. Kanu’s house during the period of the operation was false.

After hearing arguments from both counsel, Justice Binta Nyako adjourned the matter until December 13 to give her ruling.

(NAN)


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  • Decimator

    Could the Buhari and Buratai Vandal Army now suddenly claim not to know where they kept the head of a Civic Organisation they explicitly declared military combat operation against, killed many, arrested many and finally unilaterally declared victory against?

    That would just be a subtle way of passing a vote of no confidence on themselves, thus confirming their incompetence and lack of basic security
    training of any sought, not to talk of qualifying as military operatives at all.

    What a misguided arguement if so?

    Sorry

  • Biafran 1967

    The puzzle I have is that the zoo army, having declared Kanu a terrorist, should at least be searching for him. Spain has sought the leaders of Catalonia with international arrest warrants and video their every move. Somehow, the zoo and its army are very relaxed about Kanu’s whereabouts. They claim he’s run back to England. In that case, ask the British government to produce him to face a very serious trial. On the face of things, a man facing a trial for a very serious offence of treason appears to have skipped bail and zoo people believe he’s in a country with an open security and legal system. Why no search for him? Why no interpol warrant of arrest and wanted poster? ONLY IN THE ZOO. This man was quite clearly extra-judicially killed by vagabonds from the zoo who invaded his home, and now they want to brush aside a murder. Shame on all 419 igbo politicians who have colluded in this heinous crime and kept quiet. The truth will come out soon.