The adoption of procedures in the lawsuit brought by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), against the Department of State Services (DSS), was set for adoption on June 20 by the Federal High Court in Abuja on Monday.
The court registrar set the date in response to Justice Binta Nyako’s absence, who was rumored to have left on a business trip.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the court warned DSS and Kanu’s attorneys on May 3 to avoid cutting the next postponed date’s hearings short.
After the day’s proceedings were postponed due to an oral request for extra time made by DSS counsel Idowu Awo to react to a new affidavit served on him by Kanu’s attorney Mike Ozekhome in open court, Nyako issued the warning.
According to NAN, Kanu sued the DSS and its Director General as the first and second respondents in the case through his legal team.
Kanu requested permission from the court in the lawsuit with the file number FHC/ABJ/CS/2341/2022 to file for a mandamus order to compel the DSS to provide him unrestricted access to his doctor and other parties.
Following an ex-parte motion by Ozekhome, the court had granted Kanu permission to request an order of mandamus on February 1.
The DSS asked the court to reject the case for lack of jurisdiction in a preliminary objection that it submitted.
The DSS had argued that there was an ongoing decision of a sister court made by Justice Taiwo Taiwo on June 3, 2022, in suit number FHC/ABJ/CS/1585/2021 between Kanu and the DG of DSS and two others, wherein the court had largely addressed the question of allowing the IPOB leader access to his personal physician.
It stated that the current lawsuit was comparable to the first one and that Kanu had appealed the decision.