- Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the lawyer to the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu has finally gotten the justice he deserved
- Recently, a Federal High Court in Anambra state awarded him the sum of N52 million for the illegal invasion of his home by security operatives
- Meanwhile, the Justice disclosed that the compensation is for the violation of Ifeanyi Ejiofor's right, noting that the Force grossly violated his fundamental rights
Awka, Anambra state- On Thursday, December 2, Justice Nnamdi Dimgba of a Federal High Court in Awka, Anambra state has awarded the sum of N52 million in favour of Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel for the detained leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
This move was coming exactly two years after the invasion of his house by security operatives during the burial of his brother in Oraifite.
The Punch reports that Justice Dimgba found that the security agents grossly violated his fundamental rights and consequently awarded the N50 million against the Police, Army and other security agencies, as compensation for the gross violation of his rights.
The Court also awarded N2 million as cost for the action still against the Police and Army, cumulatively N52 million.
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Ifeanyi Ejiofor's statement
Ejiofor in a statement issued on Friday titled: “Justice delayed is not always justice denied”, said his house was on December 2, 2019, invaded during the burial of his late elder brother, Rev. Chukwukpelum Louis Ejiofor, was invaded by a team of security agents comprising of the Nigerian Police and Army.
According to him, four persons were killed in his compound, and all the houses within his ancestral home including his brothers’ houses and neighbouring houses were burnt down.
He also shed more light on the judgment in an interview with the newspaper.
“Justice Dimgba of Court No 2, Federal High Court Awka Judicial Division awarded me the sum of N50 million against the Police and Army and N2 million as cost for the action still against the Police and Army, cumulatively N52 million.
“I instituted a suit for the enforcement of my fundamental rights grossly violated by the said Security agents. The Federal High Court in Awka, Anambra State on Thursday, December 2 2021 delivered a well-considered judgment in my favour.
“The judgment may have been delayed, but the fact that the Court found that my rights were grossly infringed upon and condemnable, will go a long way to assuage the pains and trauma. I have been passing through over the past two years, on account of that terrible and heart-wrenching experience.”
Nigerians took to the social media page and shared their views regarding the ruling.
Adamu Salihu Abdulkarim wrote:
"The court has done well."
Reve Lation asks:
"And I hope they don't want to use this against Kanu. Whatever, just Make sure that Kanu is released."
Eby Ann wrote:
"Well deserved judgement ."
Donald Nzenwa asks:
"Will they pay it? They don't usually obey court orders."
Ifeanyichi Mount Marcel wrote:
"This country is above the law."
Nnamdi Kanu: Again Igbo leaders react, explains why political solution is best
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Igbo leaders in the country have continued to harp on the adoption of a political solution to the detention of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu.
The leaders under the auspice of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Alaigbo Development Foundation condemned the remarks made by the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, on his position about Kanu's case.
Suggesting that a political solution would bring lasting peace to Nigeria, the Igbo leaders said the issues raised by Kanu is not only peculiar to the Igbos but all other regions of the country.