Alleged Right Violation: Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s N1b Suit Against FG

A Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a lawsuit filed by Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

Kanu had sought N1 billion in damages for alleged rights violations.

Kanu’s suit, marked FHC/CS/1633/2023, accused the Department of State Services (DSS) and its Director General of violating his right to fair hearing. He claimed that the DSS prevented his lawyers from having unhindered interactions with him while he was detained, impeding the preparation of his defense in his criminal trial.

However, in his judgment on Monday, Justice James Omotosho ruled that Kanu failed to provide credible evidence to support his claims.

The judge found no proof that the DSS interfered with Kanu’s interactions with his lawyers, denied him unhindered access to legal counsel, or eavesdropped on his conversations with his lawyers, which would constitute a breach of his right to fair hearing.