Court Declares Nnamdi Kanu Arrest As Illegal & Orders Nigerian Federal Government To Pay Him 1 Billion In Compensation

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Justice Benson Anya of the Abia State High Court has ruled that the invasion of the security agents to the residence of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, in 2017 was unlawful and an infringement on his human rights.

The news was first announced by his lawyer, Barrista Aloy Ejimakor after the hearing.

Kanu had approached the Court demanding N5 billion over the invasion of his father’s house by the military on September 10, 2017.

Delivering judgment on Wednesday, January 19, 2022,  the presiding judge also ruled that Kanu’s arrest and forceful return to Nigeria in June 2021 was “illegal” under local and international laws.

The presiding judge also ruled that the Federal government should pay Kanu the sum of N1billion as compensation for the violation of his fundamental human rights.

The court also recommended a political solution to the agitation for the restoration of the defunct Biafra Republic championed by IPOB.



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While all this took place in Abia, the leader of IPOB was in Abuja battling fresh allegations levied against him by the Nigerian Federal government to extraordinarily renditioned him back to Nigeria from Kenya in June 2021. Nnamdi Kanu pleaded not guilty to all the 15 count charges.

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