A Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to hold Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode and others responsible for the “disappearance” of Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) from the country.
The court was also asked to order their arrest and prosecution after proper investigation into how the IPOB leader fled the country.
According to the plaintiff in the matter, Isaiah Agidi Ayugu, a lawyer, said Abaribe and Fani-Kayode aided Kanu’s escape.
Joined in the suit dated October 31, 2018 as respondents are the Director-General, the State Security Service, the Inspector-General of Police and the Nigeria Police Force.
SaharaReporters obtained the court documents on Thursday, which was marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1254/18.
In the suit, the plaintiff asked the court to immediately order the respondents in the matter to commence investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape of Kanu from Nigeria after the Nigerian Army were accused of abducting, arresting, killing and assassinating him.
Aside Abaribe and Fani-Kayode, others accused of aiding Kanu’s escape are Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Tochukwu Uchendu, Emmanuel Shallow Ben, Emmanuel Kanu and Uchechi Kanu.
In the suit filed through his counsel, Oghenovo Otemu, Ayugu prayed the court for an order mandating all the respondents in the case to investigate and prosecute Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Tochukwu Uchendu, Emmanuel Shallow Ben, Emmanuel Kanu, Uchechi Kanu and all those who worked together to propagate the falsehood that Kanu was abducted, kidnapped, arrested and detained by the Nigerian Military.
The document read in part: “An order mandating the respondents to investigate and prosecute Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode, Tochukwu Uchendu, Emmanuel Shallom Ben, Emmanuel Kanu, Uchechi Kanu, Ifeanyi Ejiofor and all those who worked together to propagate and spread the inciting lies and falsehood that Nnamdi Kanu was abducted, arrested, kidnapped, detained, killed and assassinated by the Nigerian Military when indeed they were well aware of Nnamdi Kanu’s whereabouts because they played roles in helping Nnamdi Kanu disappear from Nigeria.”
The plaintiff said during the period when the blackmail was against the military and the Nigerian government, he suffered emotional and psychological trauma as his freedom of movement and rights were hindered both at home and abroad.
He added that there was pressure on the Federal Government by the duo of Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe and Femi Fani-Kayode, demanding the release of Kanu, dead or alive.
He said in the affidavit attached to the origination motion ex parte: “That the said Nnamdi Kanu, the so-called self acclaimed leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), a group that has long been proscribed and designated a terrorist group is alive and was seen in Israel from where he called a World Press Conference and made a live broadcast of his new and renewed agenda for his group. In the broadcast, Kanu boasted that he will bring ‘Hell to Nigeria’.
“That it is therefore clear that whilst Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, Femi Fani-Kayode, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Tochukwu Uchendu, Emmanuel Shallow Ben, Emmanuel Kanu, Uchechi Kanu, leaders of Afaraukwu community in Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia state, the different Civil Liberty Organisations and media practitioners and so many others too numerous to mention were making several dangerous claims that Nnamdi Kanu has been killed, abducted or being held by the Army of government, they were aware that he was actually out of the country by their collective or respective assistance from where he resurfaced in video clips of him praying in Israel and subsequent video broadcast.
“That because Senator Abaribe took Nnamdi Kanu on bail, the case against Nnamdi Kanu has not seen the light of the day as Nnamdi Kanu has now jumped bail.”
He also accused IPOB of stockpiling arms to “truncate the 2019 general election”.
No date has been fixed yet for the hearing of the case.