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Federal High Court Postpones Nnamdi Kanu’s Case Against DSS

A suit filed by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), against the Department of State Services (DSS), has been scheduled for June 20 for the adoption of processes by the Federal High Court in Abuja. The court registrar fixed the date in the absence of Justice Binta Nyako, who was on an official assignment.

The suit, marked FHC/ABJ/CS/2341/2022, was filed by Kanu seeking permission from the court to obtain an order of mandamus that would compel the DSS to grant him unrestricted access to his medical doctor, along with other requests. However, the DSS presented a preliminary objection, arguing that the suit should be dismissed due to a previous judgment by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on a similar matter. Additionally, Kanu had already filed an appeal against that decision.

During the previous proceedings, Justice Binta Nyako cautioned the lawyers representing the DSS and Kanu against causing further delays in the case. This caution came as a result of the need to expedite the legal process and prevent unnecessary prolongation of the matter.

Nnamdi Kanu’s suit highlights his desire for unrestricted access to his medical doctor. It is crucial to note that Kanu, who is currently in the custody of the DSS, is asserting his right to proper medical care. The suit aims to address this matter through the legal system, seeking a favorable ruling that would grant Kanu the access he deems necessary.

The DSS, in their preliminary objection, argues that the suit should be dismissed on the basis that a previous judgment has already been delivered by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on a similar issue. It is worth mentioning that Kanu has already filed an appeal against this particular judgment, indicating his determination to pursue the matter further.

With the scheduled date of June 20 set for the adoption of processes, the case is expected to progress toward a resolution. The absence of Justice Binta Nyako due to an official assignment has prompted the court registrar to fix this date. It is anticipated that the court will carefully consider the arguments presented by both parties and make an informed decision.

The outcome of this case holds significance not only for Nnamdi Kanu and the DSS but also for the broader legal and human rights landscape in Nigeria. It will determine whether Kanu’s request for unrestricted access to his medical doctor and other related matters will be granted or dismissed based on the arguments put forth.

As the legal proceedings continue, it remains to be seen how the court will weigh the arguments presented by the DSS and Nnamdi Kanu’s legal team. The decision reached will undoubtedly have implications for the ongoing detention of Kanu and could potentially impact the broader conversation surrounding human rights and due process in the country.