DSS, others will give N107m to Kanu's attorney


Nnamdi Kanu, the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, was given N102 million in compensatory damages on Friday by Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa of a Federal High Court in Anambra for egregious violations of his fundamental rights and court costs.

The court also gave him N5 million in compensation for the cost of his Toyota Camry, which security forces had set ablaze.

In a lawsuit filed under the number FHC/AWK/CS/56/2021, the IPOB attorney challenged the government's assault of his ancestral house in the state of Oraifite on June 6, 2021, by security personnel, which resulted in the death of his aide.

First through eighth defendants in the lawsuit were added to include the Nigeria Police Force, the Inspector General of Police, the State Security Service, the Director-General, State Security Service, the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, the Nigerian Army, the Chief of Army Staff, and Chukwuka Ofoegbu (also known as Ijele Speaks).

In her ruling, Justice Nganjiwa ruled that the plaintiff's rights to life, human dignity, a fair trial, privacy, and family life were grossly violated by the agents of the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth respondents' savage invasion.

The removal and subsequent burning of Ejiofor's Toyota car with the registration number YAB 60 CB, along with the body of his domestic worker Samuel Okoro, and other important papers and valuables taken by government agents from his home, were also denounced by him as illegal, oppressive, and unlawful.

The court further issued an order prohibiting the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth respondents—whether acting alone, through their agents, privies, or in any other capacity—from harassing the plaintiff any further or making threats to kill him or causing damage to his property.

The Judge further prohibited the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth respondents from harassing, intimidating, and/or threatening to unlawfully arrest and torture him, either directly or through their agents, privies, and however else called.

Justice Nganjiwa ordered the first, second, third, fourth, sixth, seventh, and eighth respondents to publicly apologise to him for the egregious violation of his fundamental rights in two national newspapers. He also ordered the Inspector-General of Police, Chief of Army Staff, and Director-General of State Services to immediately identify any members of their staff who were involved in this heinous act and punish them in accordance with the law.

Ejiofor questioned what he had done to deserve such savagery in response to the verdict.

According to him, none of the requests he had sent to the chiefs of security organisations, such as the DSS, the police, and the Army, requesting a full inquiry into this heinous conduct, had ever been answered. Instead, all of the security personnel complicit in these crimes against humanity have remained silent in a scandalous and alarming manner. Justice has won today (Friday), and none of those criminals can find refuge once more since this decision must be carried out strictly.

The three members of my domestic staff who were taken during the brutal raid of my ancestral house, as previously stated, are being held in solitary confinement at the DSS National Headquarters facility in Abuja, I can now authoritatively disclose to the entire world.

Despite the DSS's repeated denials of holding my domestic staff in their court affidavits and in all of their correspondence, there is overwhelming evidence at our disposal that indicates they are indeed being held there. This evidence was also presented to the court.

"May I politely and firmly request the Director-General of DSS, Abuja, to immediately direct for the unconditional release of my above stated domestic employees who are being held in their custody, and correspondingly, comply with all provisions of this judgement."

In addition to this demand, I would like to remind the DSS director general, who is a party to this lawsuit and has been well-represented throughout the proceedings that led to this judgement, to, in accordance with the court's positive orders, direct for the immediate arrest and prosecution of the DSS agents responsible for this heinous invasion of my ancestral home.

I had already sent the DSS a clear clip of the CCTV tape from this murderous assault of my family home, which clearly revealed the intruders, so that the DSS could identify the persons responsible and take the required measures.

The outcome of my other sister distinct lawsuit, which I brought to protest the extrajudicial assassination of my personal assistant, Samuel Okoro, and other grave transgressions, will be decided soon.

According to The PUNCH, Ejiofor sought the release of his three employees who were still being held in custody one year after security personnel broke into his home.

He referred to June 6, 2021 as "Black Sunday" and claimed that two native doctors, whose bodies were covered in charms, helped the assailants who attacked his home in Oraifite.

He claimed that between 2:30 am and past 3:30 am, "the murderers in security uniforms" scaled his fence and laid siege to his family home. During this time, they allegedly fired randomly in various directions and ruthlessly used live ammunition on his domestic staff.

He had claimed that during the invasion, his main driver, Felix Okonkwo, and two of his domestic workers, Lawrence Ugochukwu and Ikenna Chibuike, were also taken into jail and are still there.


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