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Just In: Ecowas Court Dismisses Kanu's Suit Against FG

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The ECOWAS Court of Justice yesterday dismissed a suit by the leader of the proscribed Independent People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, alleging torture, assault, inhuman treatment and the violation of his property rights by the federal government.


Delivering judgment in the suit, Justice Dupe Atoki, who read the judgment of the court held that Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest and detention were not unlawful and arbitrary as claimed by the plaintiff.

The three member panel of the court also dismissed the request of Kanu for monetary compensation.

While the court acknowledged that Kanu had the legal capacity to approach the court for the alleged violation of his human rights, it adjudged that without a mandate, he lacked the legal personality to represent the IPOB before the court.

On the issue of proper parties before the Court, the names of the second and third defendants (Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and Director General, State Security Service) who are not signatories to the ECOWAS Revised Treaty, were struck out of the suit as improper parties, leaving the 1st defendant, the Federal Republic of Nigeria as the sole defendant in the case.

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