The Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia state has ordered the federal government of Nigeria to award the leader of the Indigenous People Of Biafra, IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu N500m damages and also to return him to status quo.
The court ruling delivered the judgement on Wednesday October 26, 2022 on the suit of the extraordinary rendition brought to it by the leader of di proscribed group, the Indigenous People of Biafra.
The presiding judge Evelyn Ayandike had earlier set the date to deliver her ruling after looking into the case on October 4, 2022.
Kanu’s lawyers filed the suit before the court in March 2022 to redress what they termed the “infamous unlawful expulsion or extraordinary rendition of Nnamdi Kanu” which was described as violation of his human fundamental rights.
Kanu seeks among others, that the court should give an order of injunction restraining and prohibiting the respondents from taking any further step in any criminal prosecution against him as well as an order to make the respondents pay a sum of twenty five billion naira to him as damages.
Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor in his statement noted that the incident that took place in Kenya was a clear violation of his fundamental rights under Article 12(4) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, as well as Chapter IV of the Nigerian Constitution.
The lawyer added in his statement that the Court redressed many violations which came with the rendition, such as torture, unlawful detention and denial of the right to fair hearing as required by law before anybody can be expelled from one country to another.
He also seeks to stop Kanu’s prosecution and restore him to the status quo before he was renditioned on 19th June, 2021.