Nnamdi Kanu: Court declares IPOB leader’s arrest illegal, orders FG to pay N1bn compensation

Nnamdi Kanu: Court declares IPOB leader’s arrest illegal, orders FG to pay N1bn compensation

The Abia State High Court on Wednesday, January 19, ordered the Federal government to pay the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu the sum of N1 billion; after declaring invasion of his home as unconstitutional.

1st News had reported that the Nigerian Army in 2017 invaded the residence of Nnamdi Kanu in his hometown Afaraukwu; drawing widespread condemnation.

This ruling was made known by Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, in a tweet; saying, “Mazi Nnamdi Kanu wins as Abia High Court rules that the Federal Government violated his fundamental rights; orders the Federal government to pay N1b to him and issue a letter of apology to him.

“Most importantly, the court recommended political solution to the Biafran agitation.”

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In a concurrent case at the Federal High Court in Abuja; Kanu asked the Federal Government to discharge and acquit him of the 15-count criminal charges it filed against him.

Kanu claimed that the charges, which he denied upon arraignment on Wednesday, were incurably defective and have no force of law.

Besides the alleged defectiveness of the charges, he said that the offences brought against him were committed in the United Kingdom, outside the shores of Nigeria.

Kanu had, early in the day, pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him; at the instance of the Federal Government.

Shortly after the plea was taken, counsel to the government, Mr Shuaib Magaji Labaran, told the trial judge, Binta Nyako, that he prepared to proceed with a formal trial of the defendant.

He informed the court that two of his witnesses were in court to testify in the case while some exhibits to be tendered to establish terrorism charges against Kanu have also been brought to court.

Labaran cited Section 396 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act 2015, which stipulates that trial should begin after arraignment; while objection on any issue can be taken at any time along with the substantive matters.

However, Kanu’s lead counsel, Chief Mike Ozekhome SAN, objected to the commencement of the trial; adding that his client has filed two motions on notice, one questioning the validity of the charges; and the other seeking bail.

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