- The federal government has been ordered to tender an apology to Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of IPOB
- Also, as ordered by a high court in Abia, the government is to pay Kanu the sum of N1 billion as damage for the illegal invasion of his house back in 2017
- Kanu's case was brought before the presiding judge, Justice Benson Anya on Wednesday, January 19
Umuahia, Abia state - In a separate case on Wednesday, January 19, an Abia state high court awarded N1 billion as damage in favour of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu against the Federal Government.
Kanu had pleaded with the court to grant an order of compensation to the tune of N5 billion after the alleged invasion of his father’s house in September 2017, by some security personnel, The Nation reports.
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In his reaction, the presiding judge, Justice Anya described the invasion of Kanu’s Afaraukwu residence as notorious and unlawful.
Justice Anya also granted Kanu's plea for an order asking the government to issue a public apology in three national dailies over the illegal invasion of Kanu’s Afaraukwu residence.
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The judge also advised the government to adopt a political resolution in dealing with issues involving the southeast secessionist.
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Meanwhile, heavily armed security operatives on Wednesday, January 19, barricaded roads leading to the premises of Abia state high court complex along Ikot Ekpene Road Umuahia.
This was in preparation for the court proceeding in the suit filed by Kanu against the government.
As early as 7:00 am, a detachment of security officers was deployed to the court premises.
The roadblocks have forced motorists and pedestrians to take alternate routes. Journalists, staff of the court, and other persons trying to gain access to the premises were asked to produce their identity cards for entrance.
In a report by The Nation, the embattled secessionist was seen wearing the same white Fendi designer dress a Federal High Court judge said he should wear again in court.
Speaking on Kanu's outfit, the prosecution counsel, Shuaibu Labaran, said the southeasterner had chosen to appear the way he was seen.