Court stops Kanu’s N20bn case against AGF, DG-NIA

Court adjourns Kanu’s trial to January 19 as counsel refused to enter courtroom

An Abuja division of the Federal High Court has stayed a case filed by Nnamdi Kanu against Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), and another.

This was announced in a Twitter post by Kanu’s special counsel, Aloy Ejimakor on Thursday.

The case, which is before Justice Inyang Ekwo, seeks to challenge the manner in which Kanu was arrested in Kenya.

Ejimakor told Nairametrics that the suit was dropped due to strategic reasons which were inappropriate and unprofessional to disclose to the public.

Backstory: On September 23, Mr. Kanu filed a suit through Mr. Ejimakor seeking, among other reliefs, a court order ordering the defendants to pay him the sum of N20 billion total an and exemplary damages.

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

  • Relief sought in the suit: A declaration that the arrest and detention of the accused plaintiff (Kanu) at a location in Kenya and the subsequent detention of the plaintiff on the plane that transported him from Kenya to Nigeria amounted to false arrest and wrongful imprisonment.
  • A declaration by this Honorable court that the defendants acted in bad faith and/or abused their public offices in falsely arresting and falsely imprisoning the plaintiff in the said place in Kenya and on the said plane..;
  • An order of this honorable court ordering the defendants to, jointly and severally, pay to the plaintiff the sum of N20,000,000,000.00 (twenty billion naira only) general and exemplary damages.
  • An order of this honorable court directing the defendants to separate from writing and delivering to the plaintiff, an unrestricted personal letter of apology.

Justice Inyang Ekwo fixed Friday, November 18, for the hearing of the matter. However, Kanu’s counsel has now announced that the case has been dropped.

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