Nnamdi Kanu’s special lawyer and the head of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Aloy Ejimakor, has given the Department of State Services (DSS), the Nigerian secret police, with a final administrative demand that the incarcerated separatist leader be released without further delay.
Ejimakor claims that this is in accordance with the Federal High Court’s judgment from October 26th in Umuahia, Abia State.
In its ruling, the court stated that “Nnamdi Kanu’s ongoing detention at the SSS (also known as the DSS) in Abuja amounts to a flagrant breach of his fundamental rights under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” according to SaharaReporters.
Ejimakor in a statement made available to SaharaReporters on Tuesday insisted that the failure of the government to comply with this demand to release his client will trigger prompt judicial measures to enforce compliance.
The administrative demand to release Kanu, which was made available to SaharaReporters is titled: “Re: Demand For The Immediate Unconditional Release of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu From Detention In View Of The Judgment Of The Federal High Court In Suit No: FHC/UM/CS/30/2022.”
It reads: “We are Solicitors to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (hereafter: our Client), on whose behalf and firm Instructions we write this Letter on the above-captioned subject matter, with reference to which we state as follows:
“You will recall that on 26th October 2022, the Federal High Court entered a Judgment against the continued detention of our Client at the headquarters of State Security Services in Abuja. See Annexures 1 and 2.
“For your ease of reference, the relevant portion of the Judgment, which is extant and subsisting, states as follows: “I declare that the manner of arrest and detention of the Applicant in Kenya, his continued detention in Abuja, his subjection to physical and mental trauma by the Respondents, the inhuman and degrading treatment meted out to the Applicant amounts to a brazing violation of the Applicant’s fundamental right to dignity of his person and threat to life under Section 34 (1)(a) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended)”.
“On 27th October 2022 (the day after delivery of the Judgment), the undersigned Counsel and a Lawyer from the Umuahia (Abia State) office of the State Security Services were each availed with Certified True Copies of the Judgment and the Judgment Order by the Registry of the Federal High court, thus affirmatively putting your office on record Notice of the Judgment.
“That was thirty-one (31) days ago, yet your office has failed or otherwise refused to release our Client, which is a flagrant disobedience of the Judgment.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Section 287(3) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) provides that: “The decisions of the Federal High Court, a High Court and of all other courts established by this Constitution shall be enforced in any part of the Federation by all authorities and persons, and by other courts of law with subordinate jurisdiction to that of the Federal High Court, a High Court and those other courts, respectively.”
“In view of the foregoing constitutional provisions, it is mandatory for your office, being the detaining authority, to enforce the said Judgment (which is a decision of a Federal High Court) by releasing our Client in compliance with the ruling that our Client’s “continued detention in Abuja” is unconstitutional.
“We look forward to your prompt cooperation in the demands of this Letter,” it further reads.