Following the breach of his rights, the torture, and the humiliations he endured during the extraordinary rendition, the court that rendered the judgement also mandated that the federal government pay the persecuted Biafra activist N500 million in damages. However, Kanu has filed a lawsuit against the federal government because it is disobeying the Court of Appeal’s ruling that cleared him of all terrorism-related charges. While rendering judgment in a case, Justice Evelyn Anyadike issued the order.
The IPOB leader’s attorney claimed in the lawsuit that the IPOB leader’s unlawful kidnapping and extraordinary rendition without due process was a serious breach of his fundamental human rights. Kanu claimed N25 billion as damages and a directive for the federal government to return him to Kenya or Britain, where he currently resides, to atone for the numerous infractions that came with the extraordinary rendition.
In its defense, the government, represented by attorney Idris, made preliminary objections and contended that the case had already been decided by the Abia High Court and that the Federal High Court in Umuahia lacked jurisdiction to hear the matter. However, Justice Anyadike disagreed and overturned the preliminary objections, writing that any federal high court in either of the two states had jurisdiction over the case when an incident occurs in both states. Justice Anyadike also noted that the violation of Kanu’s rights began at his home in Afaraukwu Umuahia and spread to Kenya in East Africa.
The Court further declared that Kanu’s attorney had effectively constructed a case of torture against his client, which the defendants had labored to refute. The Court determined that Kanu had been “exposed to global scorn, which demands global cleansing” during the extraordinary extradition that led to the granting of the N500 million in damages to Kanu. Kanu subsequently filed a new lawsuit with the case number FHC/ABJ/CS/1945/2022, protesting the federal government’s actions and asking why he was still being held. He also requested N100 billion in damages in the lawsuit filed on October 21 due to the infringement of his fundamental human rights.
In addition, he requested “a declaration that the respondents’ continued detention of the applicant from October 13, 2022, until this day is illegal, unlawful, oppressive, unbearable, and unconstitutional as it violates the applicant’s fundamental rights to human dignity, personal liberty, and freedom of movement as guaranteed by Sections 34, 35, 36, 39, and 41 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended)”.
In addition, Kanu requests that the court issue an order “directing the respondents to tender an unqualified public apology to the applicant in two national dailies and any other measures of compensation that the honorable court may consider fit to award.” The Department of State Services (DSS) and its director-general were added as defendants in the lawsuit along with the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), and the Department of State.