ECOWAS Court Adjourns Kanu’s Case Till November 8


The ECOWAS Community Court of Justice has adjourned till November 8, the case filed by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, against the federal government of Nigeria for alleged illegal detention.

Presiding judge, Micah Wright, on Wednesday, adjourned the case for definite hearing following an application by the defendant.

The Federal Government was not present at Wednesday’s proceedings but had written to the court to adjourn the case because it had conflicting case in another court.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, opposed the application for adjournment and requested for a cost of one million naira, a request that was turned down by the judge.



    Kanu is asking for a compensation of $800 million from Nigeria, for the alleged violation of his human rights and an order directing his unconditional release and that of his personal belongings.

    He also wants the ECOWAS court to direct the defendants to respect, protect and promote his rights to life, liberty, freedom of movement, assembly and expression.

    The plaintiff prayed the court to declare that his arrest and detention since October 14, 2015 by the defendant was in flagrant disobedience to several orders of courts of competent jurisdiction.

    He also prayed the court to declare that his continued detention was a violation of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Charter of 1970.

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