A High Court sitting in Abia State has ordered the Federal Government to pay the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, N1bn.
The court which was presided over by Hon. Justice Benson Anya in Umuahia, the state capital on Wednesday awarded the sum as compensation for the damages to his home during the alleged invasion of his father’s house on September 10, 2017, by the military.
Kanu, through his lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, sought a N5bn damage against the government in the fundamental human rights suit.
However, Hon. Justice Anya granted N1bn for damages, striking out other reliefs sought by Kanu’s legal team, including his repatriation from Kenya and continued detention by the DSS.
The judge described the invasion of Kanu’s Afaraukwu residence as notorious and brazen and ordered the Federal Government to issue a public apology in three national dailies over the illegal invasion of Kanu’s Afaraukwu residence.
During the proceeding held in the absence of Kanu who appeared before the Federal High Court in Abuja on Wednesday, Justice Anya advised the Federal Government to adopt a political resolution in dealing with issues involving Kanu.
"Mazi Nnamdi Kanu WINS as Abia High Court rules that Federal government violated his fundamental rights," Ejimakor said.
He added that the court also ordered the "Federal Government to pay N1b to him[Kanu] and issue a letter of apology to him.
"Most importantly, the Court recommended a political solution to the #Biafran agitation."