The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has prayed the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, to order the Federal Government of Nigeria to pay him monetary compensation of $800 million for the gross violation of his human rights.
Mr Nnamdi Kanu has been in detention since October 14, 2015. He admitted to the court that he was the founder of IPOB. He clarified that the body was duly registered in over 30 countries of the world. He further told the court that Radio Biafra Limited was duly registered under the United Kingdom Companies Act, 2006, and certified by the Registrar of Companies for England and Wales.
Earlier on, Mr Kanu’s lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejoifor, had alleged that President Buhari’s comment during a presidential media chat was the reason Justice John Tosho had failed to grant his client and two others bail. He accused President Buhari for making his client a ‘political prisoner’.
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According to the document before the court, IPOB was registered under the United Kingdom Companies Act 2006. Its certificate registration number was given as 9141882. Mr Kanu told the court that he came to Nigeria to visit his parents as well to join his heavily-pregnant wife, who, he said, was expected to give birth through caesarean operation in the UK.
Mr Kanu narrated to the regional court how his legs and hands were chained by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, while he was in their detention facility. Such a treatment, he said “amounts to the worst dehumanisation, degrading treatment and torture.”
Cited as defendants in the suit which Kanu filed through his lawyer Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, are the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the Director General, Department of State Services, DSS.
The plaintiff, Mr Kanu, told the ECOWAS court that he is not facing any terrorism charge before any municipal court of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria or elsewhere.
In regards to the order, the suit demanded of the court:
“…an order directing the defendants and/or their agents individually and/or collectively to pay $800 million [in compensation] to the plaintiff for the gross violation of his human rights, the subject matter of this suit, and to provide other forms of reparation, which may take the form of restitution, satisfaction or guarantees of non-repetition, and other forms of reparation that the honourable court may deem fit to grant.”