By Ononye VC
Following the order of the court that, the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, be compensated with N1bn for total violation of his fundamental human rights, Counsel to the Army, Amos Tory, Wednesday said the military would respond after studying the judgement.
Recall that that Abia State High Court sitting in Umuahia, had ordered the Nigeria Army to pay N1billion compensation to the Leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu for invading his house in September 2017 during Operation Python Dance ii.
The court also ordered the Army and the federal government to apologise to Kanu in three national dailies for the infringement of his fundamental human rights following the September 10, 2017 military invasion of his house.
Justice Benson Anya who gave the orders while delivering judgement on the suit filed by Kanu against the federal government, the Army and six others for allegedly violating his fundamental human rights, declared the raid as unlawful.
Kanu, had through his Special Counsel Aloy Ejimakor, filed a suit against the federal government, the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; the Chief of Army Staff, COAS; and the Inspector General of Police, IG for violating his Fundamental rights.
Other Respondents are the Director General of the Department of State Services, DSS; the Abia State Director of DSS; the state Commissioner of Police; and the Army Brigade Commander, Ohafia.
He sought, among other reliefs, ” a declaration that the military invasion of his building and premises at Isiama, Afaraukwu Ibeku, Abia State on 10th September, 2017 by the Respondents or their agents is illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and amount to infringement of the Applicant’s fundamental right to life, dignity of his person, his personal liberty and fair hearing as guaranteed under the pertinent provisions of Chapter IV of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (hereafter, CFRN) and the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (hereafter, the Charter)”.