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High Court: Kanu demands release and N100 Billion compensation

Kanu demands for N100 billion compensation over infringement of his human rights as Federal Government refuse to release him despite ruling of Appeal Court



Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, who has been battling against the Federal Government for his freedom, has slammed a fresh 100 Billion Naira  suit  on the Federal Government over his continued detention despite the Court of Appeal judgement that ordered his release.

In the fundamental right enforcement suit he filed through his team of lawyers led by Chief Mike Ozekhome, SAN, and Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu appealed to the Federal High Court in Abuja to declare his continued detention in custody of the Department of State Service, DSS, as “illegal, unlawful, oppressive, unconscionable, and unconstitutional”.

He added that his detention had become a disobedience to the appellate court’s judgement, violating his fundamental rights to dignity of human persons, personal liberty and right to freedom of movement as guaranteed by sections 34, 35, 36, 39, and 41 of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

Cited as 1st to 4th Respondents in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1945/2022, are the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney-General or the Federation, the State Security Service and its Director General.

Specifically, the IPOB leader is, among other things, seeking an order of the high court to release him from custody. 

As well as, “An order of injunction restraining the Respondents, their agents, privies, assigns or howsoever called, from further interfering with the Applicant’s rights, and/or dealing with the Applicant in a manner inimical to his Fundamental Rights guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended) 2011.

“Compensatory and exemplary damages of N100,000,000,000.00 (One Hundred Billion Naira Only), against the Respondents for the gross violation of the Applicant’s fundamental rights to dignity of the human person, personal liberty, and freedom of movement.

“An order of this honourable court directing the Respondents to tender an unreserved public apology to the Applicant in two National Dailies,”he concluded. 

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