On Wednesday, the Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia state, handed down a judgment requiring the federal government to pay Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, N500 million in damages for kidn@pping and remanding him from Kenya in June last year.
The court also mandated that Kanu receive N500 million in compensation from the government for his illegal sbd#ction and violation of his fundamental human rights. In the suit filed through his counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, Kanu had challenged his extradition from Kenya by the “agents of the federal government”.
Kanu said he was kidn@pped in Kenya and transported back to Nigeria to face trial. He contended that the federal government should be obliged to produce the legal document or authority that served as the basis for his “abd#ctionor extraordinary rendition.” “My client remains an unlawfully expelled individual, and cannot be subjected to any trial because he was unlawfully renditioned,” the lawyer said.
He also stated that the United Nations Commission on Human Rights had already directed Nigerian authorities to unconditionally free Kanu and compensate him for the violations of fundamental human rights. Kanu asked the court for “an order mandating and compelling the respondents to pay the sum of N25,000,000,000.00 to the applicant, being monetary damages claimed by the applicant against the respondents jointly and severally for the applicant’s physical, mental, emotional, psychological, property, and other d@mages suffered as a result of the respondents’ infringements of the applicant’s fundamental rights.”
An order is also sought to halt Kanu’s prosecution and return him to the status quo prior to his rendition on June 19, 2021. The presiding judge, Evelyn Anyadike, agreed in her ruling in the case on Wednesday that Kanu’s extradition from Kenya without recourse to the legal process was a flagrant violation of his fundamental human rights.