Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has demanded for $800m compensation from the federal government of Nigeria over the violation of his human rights by the security agents of the federal government, especially the Department of Security Services.
The demand was made before the community court of the Economic Community of West African States.
He told the regional court that his legs and hands were chained by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, while he was in their detention facility, a treatment he said “amounts to the worst dehumanisation, degrading treatment and torture.”
In the suit he filed through his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the defendants are the federal republic of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the federation and minister of Justice and the Director General of the Department of state services.
The plaintiff told the ECOWAS court that he is not facing any terrorism charge before any municipal court of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria or elsewhere, hence he prayed the court to grant his release from detention and compel the federal government and its agents to pay $800m as compensation for gross violation of his human rights.