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Court declares attack on Nnamdi Kanu illegal, orders FG to pay him N1 billion



A High Court in Umuahia, Abia State has ordered the Federal Government to pay the sum of N1 billion to Nnamdi Kanu, Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB), and issue a letter of apology to him in three national dailies.

Kanu had approached the court through his counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, demanding N5 billion over the invasion of his father’s house by the military on September 10, 2017.

The suit was filed against Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, (AGF), and the Department of State Services (DSS) for allegedly violating his fundamental human rights.

In a ruling on Wednesday, judge Benson Anya, described the invasion of Kanu’s Afaraukwu residence as notorious and brazen.

He also recommended that federal government adopt a political resolution in dealing with the agitation for the restoration of the defunct Biafra Republic championed by IPOB and other issues involving Kanu.

However, Anya struck out other reliefs sought by the IPOB leader’s legal team, including an order against his continued detention by the DSS.

Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor also announced the judgement in a tweet, saying, “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.”

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