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Court Dismisses Nnamdi Kanu’s Suit Against FG, DSS

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has dismissed a one billion naira suit filed by Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), against the Federal Government and the Department of State Services (DSS).

Kanu had sought damages for alleged violations of his fundamental rights while in detention.

Justice James Omotoso, delivering the judgment, stated that Kanu failed to substantiate his claims that his conversations with lawyers were bugged by the DSS or that he was denied the opportunity to take notes during consultations.

The judge further noted that there was no evidence to support Kanu’s assertion that his lawyers were prevented from adequately preparing his defense or that he was denied a fair hearing.

The suit, filed under the Fundamental Rights Enforcement Procedure Rules 2009, accused the respondents of seizing and photocopying confidential legal documents, preventing counsel from taking notes during consultations, and eavesdropping on conversations—all of which Kanu argued compromised his right to a fair trial.

The DSS, represented by Yamuje Benye, a legal department staffer, refuted the allegations, stating that Kanu had regular access to legal counsel and family members as permitted under their protocols.

Benye emphasised that no documents were confiscated, and no interference occurred during professional interactions between Kanu and his lawyers.

Justice Omotoso’s ruling dismissed Kanu’s claims for lacking merit and declined to award the requested damages.

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