Nnamdi Kanu Files $800 Million Human Rights Violation Lawsuit Against Nigerian Gov’t

Nnamdi Kanu Files $800 Million Human Rights Violation Lawsuit Against Nigerian Gov’t

By Omos Oyibode | Staff Reporter on May 24, 2016
Biafra South East IPOB Nnamdi Kanu
Pro-Biafra group, IPOB, leader Nnamdi Kanu speaks to his counsel at the Federal High Court in Abuja, Nigeria, January 20. Kanu's lawyer says he has advised his client not to come to court on Wednesday over fears his life is in danger. | Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

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.

Vanguard on Monday, May 23, 2016 reports that Kanu said his Radio Biafra and IPOB were duly registered in the United Kingdom under the UK companies act 2006 and certified by relevant bodies England.

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.


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