NNAMDI Kanu, detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has prayed the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, 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 has been in detention since October 14, 2015, admitted before the court that he was the founder of IPOB, a body he said was duly registered in over 30 countries of the world. He further told the court 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.
According to the document before the court, IPOB was registered under the United Kingdom Companies Act 2006, with certificate registration number 9141882. Kanu told the court that he came to Nigeria to visit his parents as well to join his heavily-pregnant wife, who, he said, was expected to give birth through caesarean operation in the UK.
More so, Kanu told the regional 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 said “amounts to the worst dehumanisation, degrading treatment and torture.” Cited as defendants in the suit marked ECW/CCJ/APP/06/16, which Kanu filed through his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, are the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the Director General, Department of State Services, DSS.
The plaintiff told the ECOWAS court that he is not facing any terrorism charge before any municipal court of competent jurisdiction in Nigeria or elsewhere. Aside praying the ECOWAS court to order his release from detention, Kanu also wants “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.” – Vanguard
— May 23, 2016 @ 14:50 GMT