The detained leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu has slammed an N100 billion fundamental rights enforcement suit against the Federal Government, over his continued detention in the custody of the Department of State Services, DSS.
Kanu said he filed the suit following the continued grandstanding of the Federal Government to implement the Orders of the Court of Appeal, delivered on October 13, which in effect, discharged him of the charge brought against him by the Federal Government.
The appellate court had in it’s judgment, further prohibited the FG from further detaining Kanu, and/or subjecting him to further trial or prosecution by any court in Nigeria.
The fundamental rights enforcement suit filed at the Federal High Court Abuja, is seeking the immediate release from the unlawful facility of the Department of State Services and payment of the sum of N100billion reparation for the gross violation of his rights to liberty and dignity of human persons.
The originating court process was filed by Chief Mike Ozekhome, on behalf of Kanu.
By the suit, Kanu is also seeking an order directing the Respondents to unconditionally release him from their custody forthwith and an order restraining the Respondents, their agents or privies, from further interfering with his rights, or dealing with him in a manner inimical to his fundamental rights guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended) 2011.
Court awards N500m to Nnamdi Kanu
A federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia State has awarded ₦500,000,000 in favour of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu over the violation of his fundamental human rights by the federal government and its agents.
Delivering judgement, Justice Evelyn Anyadike said the applicant showed enough evidence of attack on his ‘Isiama Afaraukwu’ in Umuahia, extra ordinary rendition from Kenya without due procedures, inhuman treatment meted on Kanu by government agencies at Nairobi, Kenya and in the custody of Department of State Services (DSS) Abuja.
She therefore awarded as damages, the sum of N500m against the respondents.
Reacting shortly after the judgement, lead counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, Alloy Ejimakor expressed satisfaction over the judgement, adding that the essence of the suit was to establish proof that Kanu was wrongly treated.
Radio Nigeria reports that there was no representative for the respondents during the judgement.
Reporting by Ifeoma Nwovu and Lawrence Nwokedi; Editing by Muzha Kucha and Abdullahi Lamino