Kanu claims that his basic human rights have been violated since 2017.
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has requested the Abia State High Court to award him N5 billion in damages for his continued detention by the Federal Government.
Kanu was apprehended and returned to Nigeria in June 2021, about four years after he jumped bail on treasonous felony charges.
He was remanded in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) by the Federal High Court in Abuja at the time, but he has now challenged his incarceration in a petition filed on Tuesday, September 7.
Since 2017, when he claimed he fled the country to avoid a military assassination attempt, the separatist claims his fundamental human rights have been violated.
He claimed that his forced extradition from Kenya to Nigeria in June was illegal and unconstitutional, and he urged the court to order the respondents to free him and repatriate him to the United Kingdom, where he is a citizen.
He also wanted an apology letter and N5 billion in compensation for the ‘physical, mental, emotional, psychic, and other damages experienced.’
The suit names the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Chief of Army Staff, the Inspector General of Police, and the Director-General of the Department of State Services as respondents.
The case will be heard on September 21 by Justice K.C.J. Okereke.
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