Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Ifeanyi Uba Heads To Court Over Nnamdi Kanu

The National Assembly member representing Anambra North Sena­torial District, Senator Ifeanyi Uba, on Monday ap­proached a Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking an order to be al­lowed to visit detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, in custody.

The motion was brought pursuant to section 36(1) of the 1999 constitution, as amended and under the inherent jurisdic­tion of the court as preserved vide section 6(6)(b) of the said constitution.

In a motion on notice dated October 15, marked FHC/ABJ/ CR/383/2021, the plaintiff (Uba) is praying the court to grant him leave to visit the defendant, Nnamdi Kanu, in DSS custody, as part of his oversight legisla­tive function.

He is seeking, “an order of this honourable court directing the complainant and/or the Department of State Services (DSS) to allow the said Senator (Dr.) Ifeanyi Uba access to their detention facility for purpos­es of visiting the defendant, Nnamdi Kanu.”

In an affidavit personally de­posed to by Senator Uba, it was stated that “there had been seri­ous agitation aimed at pressing home his release and this had degenerated into proclamation of sit-at-home orders in the South-East, a situation which is crippling the economy of the region.

“That I know that the sit-at-home orders are a medium of expression of solidarity to the detained defendant and same has been hijacked by unknown criminal elements who are now terrorising the South-East and engaging in wanton killings, assassinations and burning of valuable property.

“That I state that the sit-at-home orders have gravely affected the economy of the South-East and had often led to the killing of flouters, arson and assassination of notable persons by a terror group called unknown gunmen.

“That there is an allegation that all the above criminalities are being championed by the Indigenous People of Biafra under the leadership of the de­tained defendant, an allegation which has been denied several­ly, yet the situation continues to worsen.

That as a senator from the South-East geopolitical zone of Nigeria, I took it upon myself in carrying out my oversight legislative functions to visit the defendant at the DSS detention facility to ascertain from him if he is involved in any way in what is happening in the South- East and to seek way of amica­ble settlement of the separatist agitation in the South-East in the overall interest of Nigeria.

“That at the DSS detention facility, I was denied access, to the defendant and directed to approach this court to obtain permission before I could be allowed access to the defendant.

“That I state that the action of the DSS in denying me access to visit and amicably intervene and provide solutions to the lin­gering sit-at-home orders, secu­rities issues and violence in the South-East is a disservice to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“That I visited and intend to visit the defendant in my ca­pacity as a senator of the Fed­eral Republic of Nigeria and for purposes of attempting to ameliorate and fashion a meet­ing point or create a discussion table aimed at reducing tension and quelling the agitation and killings in the South-East.

“That the visit is part of my oversight legislative function, which I am empowered by the constitution of Nigeria to per­form.

“That I state that my interest in seeking to see the defendant is in the interest of national peace and security,” the affida­vit stated.

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