JUSTICE Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja, has slated June 21, to commence hearing on N8.5 billion suit the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, filed against the Federal Government of Nigeria. IPOB is seeking damages and compensation for deceased and injured members it claimed were “wickedly and brutally killed by combined forces of the Nigerian Army, the Department of State Services, DSS, and the Nigerian Police.”
The plaintiff, through its lawyer Mr. Okere Kingdom, told the court that about 153 of its members were killed during a peaceful protest in Onitsha, Aba and other parts of the South-East and South-South of Nigeria late last year and early this year. It said that over 50 of them sustained various degrees of injuries during a peaceful protest for the release of its detained leader, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu.
Meanwhile, the detained IPOB leader, Kanu, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of making comments prejudicial to his trial and the bail request he filed before the Abuja Division of the Court of Appeal. Kanu, who spoke through his lawyer, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, bemoaned a comment he said was credited to President Buhari during his recent visit to the Emir of Katsina.
Ejiofor, at a media briefing in Abuja, alleged that the comment President Buhari made during a presidential media chat was the reason trial Justice John Tsoho denied his client and two other pro-Biafra agitators bail. He said: “The moment the President pronounced to the world that Kanu cannot be granted bail by any court, he made my client a political prisoner, and the media chat inadvertently prejudiced the judge’s mind.” — Vanguard
— May 16, 2016 @ 1: 27 GMT