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Court dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s request for DSS DG to provide evidence on state of health

A Federal High Court, Abuja, has dismissed a motion filed by leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, for th...



A Federal High Court, Abuja, has dismissed a motion filed by leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, for the Director-General of the Department of States Services (DSS) to give oral evidence on his state of health.

 

Justice Taiwo Taiwo, ruling on Wednesday, held that fundamental right cases are special cases “sui generis” which mode of commencement are affidavit evidence as prescribed under Order 2, Rule 2 of the Fundamental Human Right Enforcement Procedure Rules, 2009.

 

Justice Taiwo said that though there were various modes of commencement of action, including fundamental right cases, he said Kanu (applicant) chose to commence his “under the Fundamental Right Enforcement Procedure Rules that stipulates affidavit evidence.”

 

He ruled that after carefully perusing all the affidavits of the applicant and the respondents before him, he was of the view that there were no irreconcilable conflicts in the affidavits.

 

The judge, therefore, declined to grant Kanu’s application and was accordingly dismissed.

 

Taiwo adjourned the matter until April 13 for the hearing of the substantive application.

 

Recall that Justice Taiwo had, on March 7, fixed today for the ruling on Kanu’s motion, filed by his lawyer, Maxwell Opara.

 

Opara, in the application, prayed the court to direct the DSS DG and the IPOB leader to appear before it to give oral evidence regarding the health condition of the latter.


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