Nigeria

Nnamdi Kanu sues Nigerian intelligence czar, demands N20 billion compensation

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, struck out a N20 billion suit filed by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, against the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami.

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, has filed a lawsuit against Ahmed Abubakar, director general of the National Intelligence Agency, for having Kanu detained in Kenya for eight days before his extradition to Nigeria.

IPOB’s special attorney, Alloy Ejimakor, announced on Wednesday morning through Twitter, posting a photo of the legal filing in which Kanu claims that his confinement in Kenya constitutes “false imprisonment.”

According to Ejimakor, the suit was initiated due to newly discovered evidence linking the DG to crimes other than the “infamous extraordinary rendition.”

In a statement released on Wednesday, Ejimakor said, “Yesterday (Wednesday) I filed a suit against Ahmed Abubakar, the DG of National Intelligence Agency (NIA), for his eight days’ ‘false imprisonment’ of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu in discovered evidence that implicated the DG/NIA beyond the infamous extraordinary rendition.”

As stated in the lawsuit, Abubakar was given 14 days to appear in court in person or through legal counsel; otherwise, judgement would be rendered in his absence.

According to the complaint filed in the High Court of Abia State, “You are hereby commanded that within 14 days after the service of this Writ on you inclusive of the day of such service, you do cause an appearance to be entered for you in the Umuahia Judicial Division of the High Court in Abia State in an action at this suit of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu….and take notice that in default of your so doing, the claimant may proceed therein and judgement may be given in your absence.”

In his claim, the plaintiff states, “(i) A declaration of this Honourable Court that the defendant’s arrest of the plaintiff and his imprisonment of the plaintiff at the said location in Nairobi, Kenya amounted to false arrest and false imprisonment.

“(ii) A declaration that the defendant acted in bad faith and/or abused his public office in falsely imprisoning the claimant at the said location in Kenya. (iii) An order of this Honorable Court directing the defendant to pay the claimant N20,000,000,000.00 (Twenty Billion Naira only) being general and exemplary damages…”

A few days prior, the Federal High Court in Abuja had dismissed Kanu’s N20 billion suit against the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami.