Court orders FG to pay Nnamdi Kanu 1billion naira over rights violation.

Written by on January 19, 2022

A High court in Umuahia, Abia state, has ordered the federal government to pay 1 billion naira to leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, for violating his rights.

Kanu, who is in DSS custody, filed the suit through his counsel, Aloy Ejimakor asked the court to compel the respondents to pay him 5 billion naira in damages as monetary compensation for the physical, mental, emotional, psychological and other damages suffered as a result of the alleged infringement on his fundamental rights.

He also sought damages for the invasion of his father’s house on September 10, 2017, by the military.

Delivering judgment on Wednesday, Benson Anya, the judge, described the invasion of Kanu’s Afaraukwu residence as notorious and brazen.

The judge also ordered the federal government to issue a public apology to Kanu in three national dailies and also advised the federal government to adopt a political resolution in dealing with issues involving Kanu.

——  Kanu Pleads not Guilty to alleged Treasonable Felony Court Adjourns till Feb

Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has pleaded not guilty to the 15 charges bordering on treasonable felony and terrorism, preferred against him by the Federal Government.

He pleaded not guilty before Justice Binta Nyako when the case resumed at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday.

Kanu, who was brought into the courtroom around 10:15 am, said he was innocent of all the allegations levelled against him, even as he complained from the dock that some counts in the amended charge were similar.

In a brief ruling, Justice Nyako noted that since Kanu’s first application is challenging the propriety of his trial, as well as the competence of the charge against him, subsequently, adjourning till February 16 to hear the pending application.

——- IPOB leader shows up before in court, wearing same designer clothes he had since June 2021

Meanwhile, contrary to the order of Justice Nyako, Kanu showed up before the court, wearing the same designer clothes he had on since June 2021 when he was arrested.

Justice Nyako had on Tuesday, ordered the Department of State Services (DSS), to allow Kanu to have a change of clothes.

But when the matter was called up, the prosecution counsel, Mr. Shuaibu Labaran, told the court that he (Kanu) was the one who chose to wear his designer clothes and added that the DSS has provided Kanu with a new Orthopedic mattress, pillows, and blankets.

In response, Kanu’s lead counsel, Mike Ozekhome, told the court that it was not true that his client insisted on wearing his designer clothes as it was not his visiting day on Tuesday so, fresh clothes couldn’t be passed to him.

Ozekhome, however, commended the DSS for providing the IPOB leader with new mattresses and pillows.

Seun Fakorede

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