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Court Declares Nnamdi Kanu’s Arrest Illegal, Orders FG To Pay Him N1bn


A High Court in Abia State has ruled the arrest of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu as illegal.

Kanu’s Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor made the announcement in a tweet on Wednesday.

“Mazi Nnamdi Kanu WINS as Abia High Court rules that the Federal Government violated his fundamental rights. Orders the Federal government to pay N1b to him and issue a letter of apology to him.

“Most importantly, the Court recommended a political solution to the #Biafran agitation,” Ejimakor tweeted.

Kanu had instituted a N5bn Fundamental Human Rights suit against the FG on August 27, 2021

The suit initiated by Ejimakor sought the following reliefs: “That the military invasion of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu’s home in Abia State in September 2017 by the Nigerian government is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of his fundamental rights to life, the dignity of his person, his personal liberty and fair hearing as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

“Others include that the arrest of Kanu in Kenya by agents of the Nigerian government without due process of law is arbitrary, illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of his fundamental rights against arbitrary arrest, to his personal liberty and to fair hearing as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

“That the torture and detention of Kanu in Kenya by agents of the Nigerian government is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amounts to infringement of his fundamental rights against torture and to a fair hearing, as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

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“That the expulsion of Mazi Kanu from Kenya to Nigeria by the Nigerian government and his consequent detention and planned prosecution in Charge No: FHC/ABJ/CR/383/2015 (the Federal Republic of Nigeria v. Nnamdi Kanu) is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amount to infringement of his fundamental rights against unlawful expulsion and detention, and to a fair hearing, as guaranteed under the Nigerian Constitution and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.”

 

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