Aloy Ejimakor, special adviser to Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) leader Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, revealed over the weekend that a UK court had issued an order allowing Kanu to seek judicial review of the UK government’s unwillingness to intervene. in his extraordinary rendition from Kenya to Nigeria last year.
Ejimakor, in a statement, said it was Kanu’s younger brother, Kingsley, who initiated the case labeled CO/2543/2022 in the High Court of Justice, Administrative Court of Queen’s Bench Division.
The defendant in the case is the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs. He cited the Notice of Judge’s Decision on Leave to Seek Judicial Review CPR 54.11, 54.12 in the UK High Court, stating that Mrs Justice Ellenbogen ordered that “leave to seek judicial review be granted” following examination of the documents filed by the parties.
He said it was also ordered that in granting Kanu leave to apply for judicial review, the “application must be entered for one day, at an in-person hearing before the Royal Courts of Justice and parties must provide a written time estimate within seven days of service, if they disagree with this directive.”
Ejimakor further stated that the plaintiff’s challenge borders on the defendant’s refusal to communicate to the plaintiff and his family whether the plaintiff’s brother was the subject of extraordinary restitution.
He stated that according to the direction of the management of the case, the plaintiff, among other conditions, must pay the relevant fees to pursue the application for judicial review within seven days of the granting of leave, because the Failure will result in the court sending the plaintiff a notice demanding payment within a specified period (normally an additional seven days).
“The defendant and any party who wishes to oppose or support the claim must file and serve detailed reasons and any written evidence or documents not yet filed in a paginated and indexed package (hard copy and soft copy) within 35 days of leave granted with detailed reasons made as concise as possible and not to exceed 40 pages without court leave.
“The respondent may rely on its summary reasons as detailed reasons. In doing so, it must inform the court and the other parties in writing within the time limit set for the filing of detailed reasons.
“Any request by the plaintiff to serve evidence in response must be filed and served within 21 days of the date on which the defendant served evidence in accordance with paragraph 2 above.