The Federal Government of Nigeria will pay a fine of 1 million naira after it did not present a defense counsel during a session today at the Community Court Of Justice, ECOWAS (Economic Community Of West African States) in Abuja.
Detained Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) leader Nnamdi Kanu had dragged the Federal Government to ECOWAS court over abuse of his human rights and President Muhammadu Buhari's order to hold the Biafra Republic agitator despite a court ruling to set him free on at least two occasions.
According to report by eyewitness,
Nnamdi Kanu's defence team led by Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor arrived the court at exactly 10:00am while the three man panel of judges led by Justice Friday Nwoke from the ECOWAS Community Court Of Justice arrived at about 10:10am. Barrister Ejiofor introduced himself to the judges after which the court clerk called up the case.
The Nigerian government was found to be on the run as the defence lawyer to the federal government submitted a motion for his absence just few hours before court proceedings, claiming that he has a case today in Kaduna.
Barr Ejiofor objected to this pointing out that he met him just yesterday at the court, while he accused the Nigerian government of plans to further prolong Kanu's case.
Reacting to this, the presiding judge, Justice Nwoke, pointed out that the court case in Kaduna is not enough reason for their absence in today's court, stressing that is the federal government's representative fails to appear in the next court session, he (Justice Nwoke) will go ahead to give final judgment in the case between Nnamdi Kanu and the federal government of Nigeria.
He also billed the Nigerian government to compensate Barr Ejiofor with the aim of one million naira only as compensation for flying from Lagos to Abuja for the case. Justice Nwoke thereafter adjourned the case to 8th November 2016 for hearing and final judgment.