Barrister Aloy Ejimakor, the special counsel to the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, (IPOB), has cried out that the right of his client is being trampled upon.
In a statement made available to the press at the weekend, Ejimakor lamented that the IPOB leader’s case was being unnecessarily delayed in court.
He expressed disappointment that Kanu’s fundamental rights case did not hold as scheduled in Umuahia, the Abia State capital.
Ejimakor stated: “You will recall that at the last hearing of this matter on September 21, 2021, the vacation judge had made a ruling transferring the case to the Chief Judge of Abia State High Court for assignment.
“The reason was that the Abia court vacation was due to end on September 30, and according to the judge, there was not enough time for the vacation court to conclude the case within the vacation period.
“The case was therefore adjourned to October 7, 2021 for assignment to a judge that will hear it under the regular court calendar.
“As of today, the case is yet to be assigned and I was informed by the registry that all parties will be notified of the next hearing date once the case is assigned to a court.
“A fundamental rights proceeding is sui generis. In other words, it is to be treated as special and expected to be concluded quickly, especially in situations where the applicant is incarcerated.