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General News of Wednesday, 8 September 2021


IPOB leader Nnamdi Kanu demands N5bn from Buhari's govt

IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu

The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has asked an Abia State High Court to order the federal government to release him.

Kanu, through his lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, also prayed the court to order the Nigerian Government to pay him N5 billion as compensation, for infringing on his fundamental human rights.

Ejimakor disclosed in a statement he signed on Tuesday.

He urged the court to compel the Nigerian government to release the IPOB leader.

According to Ejimakor: “Today, I secured an order from the High Court of Abia State to serve by substituted an application for enforcement of the fundamental rights of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, which I recently brought before the High Court of Abia State.”

He pointed out that Kanu’s rights were infringed upon during the alleged extrajudicial attempt on his life in 2017 in Abia and his abduction in Kenya and his extraordinary rendition to Nigeria.

Ejimakor further sought some relief from the court on the enforcement of Kanu’s fundamental rights.

Amongst the reliefs sought, Ejimakor prayed the court to compel the Nigerian Government to apologise to Kanu openly.

He said an apology letter should be published in national dailies.

The reliefs read partly: “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 pay the sum of N5000,000,000.00 (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.”

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