Suit against President Buhari by IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu, Squashed by ECOWAS Court

Written by on December 13, 2019

The suit filed by the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra,  Nnamdi Kanu against President Muhammadu Buhari has been thrown out by the ECOWAS Court of Justice.

The IPOB leader had alleged torture, assault, inhuman treatment and the violation of his property rights by the Federal government, demanding eight hundred million dollars compensation.

Delivering judgment, Justice Dupe Atoki, leading a three-man panel, held that Kanu had failed to prove the claims and dismissed the request for compensation.

The judge also ruled that Nnamdi Kanu’s arrest and detention were not unlawful and arbitrary as claimed by the Plaintiff.

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


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