By Milcah Tanimu
The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has achieved a victory for seven supporters of its leader, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who were discharged by the court and awarded compensatory damages totaling N130 million.
IPOB awaits the Supreme Court’s judgment in Kanu’s case, scheduled for delivery on December 15.
Ifeanyi Ejiofor, Kanu’s counsel, stated that the individuals released had been unlawfully held in various detention facilities by security agencies and were facing various charges.
Ejiofor revealed that Mrs. Maria Ezediaro was discharged by Justice M.O. Olajuwon of the Federal High Court in Abuja. She had been detained and subjected to inhuman treatment, severe torture, and degradation.
Justice Olajuwon struck out the four-count terrorism charge against Maria Ezediaro and subsequently discharged her on October 10, 2023.
In a separate case, Justice V.S. Gaba of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja discharged Cletus Nwachukwu Egole, his wife Ifeyinwa Egole, Michael Uba, Ugochukwu Samuel, and Raphael Idang, also awarding them N100 million compensatory damages against the police.
Justice Z.B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court in Abuja ordered the release of Ngozichukwu Ada-Dav and awarded her N30 million in compensatory damages.
Ngozichukwu Ada-Dav had been detained in unlawful custody before being transferred to the Garki Command, known as the Abattoir.
In light of the violations of their fundamental rights, the courts have ruled in favor of the discharged individuals and awarded them compensation, with some being granted release within three days of the judgment.
These judgments come as part of ongoing legal efforts related to arrests and detentions associated with IPOB activities.