Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra and Director of Radio Biafra, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu has dragged the Federal Government of Nigeria to the ECOWAS Court, demanding $800,000 as compensation.
The damages, when converted to naira at N300 to a dollar, amount to N240m.
In a suit filed at the court in Abuja on Thursday with No. ECW/CCJ/APP/06/16, a copy of which was sent to SUNDAY PUNCH, Kanu’s counsel, Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor, is claiming on that his client’s continued detention violates Articles 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, and 20 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights; Articles 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 12, 22 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; Articles 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 13, 17, 20, 21 and 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; Article 22 Paragraph 1 of the Covenant of the League of Nations; and Resolution 2625 (XXV) of the United Nations Charter of 1970.
Kanu also cited rulings of courts of competent jurisdiction and orders directing the defendants to release him, which were flagrantly disobeyed.
The pro-Biafra activist further attached photographs and video clips showing the ‘genocidal massacre’ and unlawful killing of his supporters and members during a civil protest in Aba, Abia State.
Joined in the suit are the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice and the Director General of Department of State Services.
When contacted, the Minister of Information, Culture and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed referred SUNDAY PUNCH to the office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice.
The Federal Government is prosecuting Kanu for alleged treason.