N20bn: Court Squashes Kanu’s Suit Against Malami, DG-NIA

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The Federal High Court’s Abuja division has dismissed a lawsuit that Nnamdi Kanu had brought against Abubakar Malami, the AGF, and others.

Aloy Ejimakor, Kanu’s special attorney, revealed this on Thursday in a tweet.

Kanu’s arrest in Kenya was challenged in the lawsuit, which was heard by Justice Inyang Ekwo.

According to Ejimakor, the litigation was dropped for tactical reasons that it would be unethical and unprofessional to publicly divulge.

On September 23, Mr. Kanu, through Mr. Ejimakor, filed the lawsuit. Among other things, he asked the court to issue an order compelling the defendants to pay him N20 billion in general and exemplary damages.

While the AGF was the first defendant in the suit, the director-general of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ahmed Rufai Abubakar is the 2nd defendant.

*Reliefs sought in the suit:* A declaration that the defendant’s arrest and imprisonment of the plaintiff (Kanu) at a location in Kenya and the subsequent imprisonment of the plaintiff in the aircraft that conveyed him from Kenya to Nigeria amounted to false arrest and false imprisonment.

A declaration of this Honourable court that the defendants acted in bad faith and/or abused their public offices in falsely arresting and falsely imprisoning the plaintiff at the said location in Kenya, said aircraft.

An order of this honourable court directing the defendants to, jointly and severally, pay to the plaintiff the sum of N20,000,000,000.00 (twenty billion naira only) being general and exemplary damages.

An order of this honourable court directing the defendants to separately write and deliver to the plaintiff, an unreserved personal letter of apology.

Justice Inyang Ekwo had fixed Friday, November 18, for the hearing of the matter. However, Kanu’s counsel announced today that the suit has been discontinued.