Michael Chukwuebuka, Reporting
A High Court in Umuahia, Abia State, presided over by Hon. Justice Benson Anya, on Wednesday, awarded N1bn damage in favour of the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu against the Federal Government.
Kanu, through his counsel, Aloy Ejimakor, had approached the court, seeking N5bn damage against the Federal Government over the alleged invasion of his father’s house on September 10, 2017 by the Nigeria military.
Hon. Justice Anya described the invasion of Kanu’s Afaraukwu residence as notorious and brazen.
He, however, struck out other reliefs sought by Kanu’s legal team, including his repatriation from Kenya and continued detention by the DSS in its Abuja facilities.
Stonix News had earlier reported that the IPOB leader had on Wednesday, pleaded not guilty to the 15-count amended terrorism charges brought against him by the Federal Government.
The prosecution counsel, Shuaib Labaran, after taking his plea, had expressed readiness to commence the trial, but the lead counsel to the IPOB leader, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), objected.
The trial Judge, Justice Binta Nyako, thereafter adjourned the matter till 1:00p.m of February 16, 2022, to hear arguments on the applications filed by the defendant.