By Eric Tataw – Saturday March 2, 2019.
A top-ranking official and close aide to the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, who’s also Minister of Justice has told National Telegraph early Saturday, March 2, 2019, that a verdict of the Federal High Court Abuja would be implemented to the latter.
Our source who prefers to remain unnamed said Nigeria is a State of Law, adding his boss the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, who’s also Minister of Justice is a man with a strict sense of the Law.
He went on that once the Judgment is available according to standard legal procedures, their office would act according to the instruction of the Law, adding that the AGF can’t go against his own court.
Quizzed on how they would ensure Cameroon respects the Judgment especially as Cameroon as a country has continuously contravened and defiled other procedures, our source simply said the Abuja Verdict isn’t other procedures, adding that it’s an International Engagement that must be respected come rain, come shine.
The Federal High Court of Abuja in Nigeria on Friday, March 1, 2019, handed down a decisive judgment in a matter pitting ten (10) Anglophone pro-independence leaders and the Nigerian government, National Telegraph has learned.
Hon Justice Anwuli I Chikere, the presiding judge at Court IV of the Federal High Court Abuja ruled that the Nigerian Government must ensure all refugees deported, a total of fifty-seven as the case file suggested must be returned to Nigeria with immediate effect.
The case that was brought under the Fundamental Rights Enforcement (Procedure) Rule of 2009, on the violation of the fundamental rights of Sisiku et alia, their rights to movement, family, amongst others, triggered the ruling that has been highly applauded as a true show of a strong African Legal System.
Sisiku Ayuk Tabe Julius and eleven others were arrested in Nera, a hotel in Abuja, Nigeria on Friday, January 5, 2018. Ten of them would later be extradited to Yaoundé, Cameroon, an act that has been described as a bootleg.
They’re being accused of fueling an armed conflict that has broken out in the two English-speaking regions. They’ve all denounced their Cameroonian Nationality, insisting that they’re of Southern Cameroons aka Ambazonia, a self-proclaimed new nation.
The court has now ruled that the abduction at Nera Hotel was illegal and in violation of the Nigerian Law, the violation of African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, consequently, the court has ordered they be paid five million Naira (₦5.000.000) each and that the Nigerian Government should be restrained from further violating their rights.
The court also cited that the Nigerian Constitution and the United Nations Convention of the Status of Refugees in 1951 in its article 32 and 33 were violated and consequently all ten Anglophone Pro-Independence leaders must be sent back to Nigeria.
The court again ordered that forty-seven (47) others arrested from Gembu in Taraba state and deported to Cameroon should be returned to Nigeria and be compensated with the sum of two hundred thousand Naira (₦200.000) each.