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I Am Still Entitled To $800m Compensation - Nnamdi Kanu.

By Ade Adesomoju , Abuja

The leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra , Nnamdi Kanu ,
 has said that despite being granted bail by the Federal High Court in 
Abuja where he is being prosecuted alongside others on charges of 
treasonable felony , he is still entitled to the $ 800 m compensation for his 
alleged unlawful arrest and detention in 2015.

This is contained in his response to the motion filed by the Federal Government 
asking the Community Court of the Economic Community of West African States 
sitting in Abuja to dismiss a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed 
by the IPOB leader.

Kanu had filed the suit on March 3 , 2016 demanding $ 800 m as 
compensation from the Federal Government for his alleged unlawful 
arrest in 2015 and detention .

But the Federal Government , through its lawyer , Mrs . Maimuna Shiru, 
filed its motion on November 13 , stating that Kanu having been granted 
bail by the Federal High Court in Abuja on April 25, 2017 , and allegedly 
jumped bail, the judgment of the ECOWAS Court on the suit would serve 
no purpose .

But Kanu , through his lawyer , Mr. Ifeanyi Ejiofor , objected to the Federal 
Government ’ s motion contending that granting bail to the IPOB leader 
was just a partial satisfaction of prayers sought in the suit .

He maintained that the ECOWAS Court had the power to grant his client 
the $ 800 m compensation sought since the IPOB leader’ s rights had 
been violated .

Ejiofor stated in his written address , “We submit therefore that the court 
has powers to order for payment of compensatory damages when found 
that the plaintiff ’ s right has been violated . ”

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