A Federal High Court in Abuja has discharged seven supporters of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, in different suits and awarded fines amounting to N130 million to security operatives as damages.
According to Kanu’s counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, the court, in the charge marked ‘FHC/ABJ/CR/475/2021,’ discharged Maria Ezediaro “of all frivolous criminal allegations/charge brought against her before the court.” Ezediaro was subjected to severe torture and degradation after her arrest on February 26, 2021, and subsequent transfer to the Inspector-General of Police Intelligence Response Team detention facility in ‘Abattoir,’ Abuja.
Similarly, Justice V.S. Gaba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja discharged Cletus Nwachukwu Egole, Ifeyinwa Egole, Michael Uba, Ugochukwu Samuel, and Raphael Idang, granting them N100 million compensatory damages against the police. They were arrested and paraded by the Imo State Command of the Nigeria Police on March 21, 2021, and later transferred to the IGP Intelligence Response Team detention facility in ‘Abattoir,’ Abuja.
Court Discharges Seven IPOB Supporters, Awards N130 Million Damages
Justice Z.B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the release of Ngozichukwu Ada-Dav and awarded N30 million compensatory damages in her favour. Ada-Dav was arrested in June 2021 by a team of fully armed operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and was subsequently detained unlawfully. The incidents shed light on the harsh treatment faced by these individuals and highlight the need for vigilance against human rights abuses.
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