Court orders FG to pay Kanu N1bn for illegal arrest

On Wednesday, an Abia State High Court in Umuahia, the state capital, presided over by Hon. Justice Benson Anya awarded N1 billion in damages to the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, against the Federal Government.

Kanu had moved the court through his lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, seeking N5 billion in damages from the Federal Government for the purported military assault of his father's residence on September 10, 2017.

The invasion of Kanu's Afaraukwu home, according to Hon. Justice Anya, was "notorious and brazen."

Other reliefs sought by Kanu's legal team, such as repatriation from Kenya and continuous detention by the DSS, were denied by the judge.

The presiding judge also granted Kanu's legal team's request for relief, directing the Federal Government to publish a public apology in three national daily for the illegal invasion of Kanu's home in Afaraukwu.

In dealing with Kanu-related matters, he also recommended the Federal Government to take a political approach.


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