Nnamdi Kanu, the Supreme Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has asked a High Court of Abia State to compel the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN), and the Department of State Services and six others to pay him N5bn in damages being monetary compensation for the “physical, mental, emotional, psychological and other damages” he suffered following alleged infringements of his fundamental rights.
Kanu filed the lawsuit was filed on Tuesday through his lawyer, Nnamdi, Aloy Ejimakor.
The IPOB leader who is still under the custody of the DSS also secured an order from the to serve as an application for enforcement of his fundamental rights.
Kanu stressed that his fundamental rights have been infringed upon since 2017 when he fled the country, owing to an alleged threat to his life by security agents and also after his extradition recently to Nigeria.
Respondents to the suit numbered HIH/FR14/2021 include the Federal Government of Nigeria (1st), Attorney General of the Federation (2nd), Chief of Army Staff (3rd), Inspector General of Police (5th), Director General, State Security Services (7th) and three others.
“A declaration that the expulsion of the Applicant from Kenya to Nigeria by the Respondents or their agents and their consequent detention and planned prosecution of the Applicant in Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 (Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Nnamdi Kanu) is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amount to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right against unlawful expulsion and detention, and to a fair hearing, as enshrined and guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of CFRN and the Charter).
“An order restraining the Respondents or their agents from taking any further step in the prosecution of the Applicant in Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 (Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Nnamdi Kanu) pursuant to said unlawful expulsion of the Applicant from Kenya to Nigeria.
“An order mandating and compelling the Respondents or their agents to forthwith release the Applicant from detention and restitute or otherwise restore Applicant to his liberty, same being his state of being as of 19th June, 2021; and to thereupon repatriate the Applicant to his country of domicile (to wit: Britain) to await the outcome of any formal request the Respondents may file before the competent authorities in Britain for the lawful extradition of the Applicant to Nigeria to continue his prosecution in Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 (Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Nnamdi Kanu).
“An order mandating and compelling the Respondents to issue an official Letter of Apology to the Applicant for the infringement of his fundamental rights; and publication of said Letter of Apology in three (3) national dailies.
“An order mandating and compelling the Respondents to pay the sum of N5,000,000,000.00 (Five Billion Naira) to the Applicant, being monetary damages claimed by the Applicant against the Respondents jointly and severally for the physical, mental, emotional, psychological and other damages suffered by the Applicant as a result of the infringements of Applicant’s fundamental rights.”
Justice K. C. J. Okereke of the Abia State High Court has set September, 21 as next hearing date for the case.
Mazi Nnamdi Kanu was arrested in a foreign country and extradited to Nigeria.
He was re-arraigned before Justice Binta Nyako for terrorism-related charges and has since been remanded in the DSS custody in Abuja.
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