A Federal High Court in Abuja, has struck out a suit that sought to compel the Federal Government, to prosecute some persons accused of assisting Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to escape from Nigeria.
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe; a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode; and two other persons that stood as sureties for the IPOB leader, Tochukwu Uchendu and Emmanuel Shallom Ben, are those the suit prayed the court to order their arrest and prosecution.
The plaintiff, Isiah Ayugu, who secured a leave of the court to commence the action, in his suit FHC/ABJ/CS/1254/18, insisted that the respondents had a case to answer.
Ayugu prayed the court to issue an order of mandamus to force relevant security agencies, to initiate criminal action against those he accused of complicity in Kanu’s escape. However, the court, in a ruling that was delivered by trial Justice John Tsoho, struck out the case for want of diligent prosecution.
Justice Tsoho noted that the plaintiff failed to appear for the hearing of the matter, even though his lawyer was present when the case was adjourned.
“I, therefore, agree with other reasons adduced by the learned silk and hereby strike out this suit for want of diligent prosecution,” Justice Tsoho held.