Kanu discontinues N20bn suit against Malami


Hearing of a N20bn suit filed by the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, against the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, has been discontinued. No reason was adduced for the action.

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This was disclosed on Thursday in an update by Kanu’s lawyer, Aloy Ejimakor, via his Twitter handle. He noted that the case had been discontinued when he tweeted: “UPDATE on #MNK outstanding cases in which I’m directly involved:

“The United Kingdom case is awaiting decision. Federal High Court case for Nov 18 is discontinued.

“The AU (African Union) case is awaiting decision.

“United Nations Opinion has been escalated to other tribunals.

He also tweeted that ”the Kenyan case is set for Feb 2023.”

Justice Inyang Ekwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja had fixed November 18 for hearing of the suit, which also named the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency, Ahmed Abubakar, as a defendant.

The application, dated and filed on September 23, listed Malami and Abubakar as the first and second defendants, respectively.

In the suit, Ejimakor sought “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 and 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 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.”