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 judge on Wednesday also ruled that his abduction and forceful return to Nigeria was “illegal” under local and international laws.
Anya also ruled that the Nigerian government should pay Kanu a sum of N1billion as a compensation for the violation of his fundamental human rights.
Recall that Kanu’s Special Counsel, Aloy Ejimakor filed the lawsuit against the Nigerian government on August 27, 2021 before the Abia court.
There was earlier reported that the judge rejected the challenge by the Nigerian government on the jurisdiction to hear Kanu’s case.
Ejimakor had argued that the Kanu could not be tried in Nigeria as there was no crime he had committed known to both Nigerian and international laws.
He had added that the government of Nigeria collaborated with Kenya to abduct him and rendition him to Nigeria.
Return Nnamdi Kanu Where You Abducted Him From, Pay Him N1bn For Invasion Of His House, Court Orders FG
The Umuahia High Court as judge rejects Nigerian government challenge to its jurisdiction to hear Mazi Nnamdi Kanu fundamental rights issues.
The court has stated that the Umuahia High Court does have jurisdiction to rule on extradition cases as one of the applications borders solely on the status.
Hence the application states that the court should order the FG to return MNK to his state of being as at the time of abduction.
The judge states that the defense counsel who is the FG did little or nothing to defend the evidence as provided by the plaintiff
The court also awarded 1 billion naira damage to be paid to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu by the federal government over the invasion of his house.