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  • Updated: March 18, 2024

Court rejects Kanu's appeal against police, DSS over unlawful arrest, detention

Court rejects Kanu's appeal against police, DSS over unlawfu

A Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, Monday delivered a verdict dismissing an appeal filed by Felix Okonkwo, one of the legal representatives of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The appeal centered on Kanu's alleged unlawful arrest and detention by the Police and the State Security Services (SSS).

Justice Okon Abang, presiding over the case, upheld the decision to dismiss the appeal, citing a lack of merit and substance.

According to Justice Abang, the appellant failed to provide sufficient evidence of any miscarriage of justice in the earlier ruling by a High Court in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The case originated from the accusations made by the appellants - Felix Okonkwo, Ikenna Chibuike, and Okafor Ugochukwu - against the Nigeria Police Force and the SSS.

They claimed that their fundamental rights were violated when they were unlawfully arrested and detained on September 27, 2021.

While the trial court found the Police liable and imposed a fine of N2 million against them, no action was taken against the SSS due to the appellants' failure to establish a cause of action against the agency.

In response to this outcome, the appellants sought to hold the SSS accountable as well and requested an increase in the compensation awarded by the trial court.

However, Justice Abang rejected their arguments, stating that the evidence presented did not implicate the SSS in the unlawful arrest.

He also affirmed the trial court's decision on the compensation amount, emphasizing that it was carefully considered based on the facts and circumstances of the case.

In his final ruling, Justice Abang upheld the decision of the trial court and dismissed the appeal, without ordering any costs.

Court dismisses Nnamdi Kanu lawyer's appeal against police, DSS over unlawful arrest, detention

"In my opinion and going by the peculiar facts and circumstances of this case, the N2 million compensation to the appellants was properly awarded.

"I cannot fault the award because the appellant did not give any good reason for them to have been awarded a much higher amount.

"In the final analysis, the appeal lacks merit and it is accordingly dismissed, the decision of the trial court is hereby affirmed. There is order as to cost", Justice Abang held.

Justices Joseph Olubunmi Kayode Oyewole and Abba Bello Mohammed concurred with Justice Abang's judgment.

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