The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB and Director of Radio Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has approached the ECOWAS Court of Justice to enforce his fundamental human right.
He is also praying the court to compel the Federal Government of Nigeria to pay him monetary compensation of $800 million for the gross violation of his human rights.
Kanu, who was arrested on October 14, 2015, admitted that he was the founder of IPOB, a body he claimed to be registered in over 30 countries of the world. He also claimed 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.
He said IPOB was registered under the United Kingdom Companies Act 2006, with certificate registration number 9141882.
According to the IPOB leader, he came to Nigeria to visit his parents and to join his heavily-pregnant wife, who was expected to give birth through caesarean operation in the UK.
Speaking on his detention, Kanu told the court that his legs and hands were chained by operatives of the Department of State Services, DSS, while he was in their detention facility, a treatment he insisted “amounts to the worst dehumanisation, degrading treatment and torture.”
The case was filed on his behalf by his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, with the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the Director General, Department of State Services, DSS, as defendants.
He also insisted that he is not facing any terrorism charge before any municipal court of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria or elsewhere.
Kanu, who prayed the ECOWAS court to order his release, also asking the court for “an order directing the defendants and/or their agents individually and/or collectively to pay $800 million 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”
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