- The banned separatist group had sued the FG and 15 top government officials in a suit filed before a US court in District of Columbia
- The group also demanded, among other things, 40 per cent of the recovered $550m Abacha loot
- The court threw out the case on the grounds that it lacked jurisdiction to try a case by government officials that had immunity abroad
A United States court in the District of Columbia has thrown out a suit filed by banned separatist group IPOB against the Federal Republic of Nigeria and 15 others demanding millions of dollars in compensation.
Vanguard reports that the group, through its counsel DC Attorneys, Fein & DelValle PLLC, had alleged that the respondents conspired and agreed to kill civilians in southeast in order to crush a secessionist movement and to terrorize people in the region. It also sought payment of 40 per cent of the $550 million Abacha loot.
Those listed as respondents in the suit are the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, the Director-General of Department of State Service Lawal Daura, former Inspector General of Police Solomon Arase and his successor Ibrahim Idris.
Others are governors of Abia and Anambra states Okezie Ikpeazu and Willie Obiano.
The trial judge Dabney Friedrich dismissed IPOB’s case for lack of jurisdiction; saying officials of the Nigerian government enjoy foreign immunity.
According to the newspaper, the banned group filed the suit against FG in the U.S. court, alleging rights violation, torture and killing of its members who were on peaceful protest at different times and locations between 2016 and 2017.
The federal government was represented by Anthony O. Egbase of (AOE) Law and Associates whose services were retained by Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami.
Just some months ago, NAIJ.com reported that security agents unmasked the Nigerian suspected to be managing the France account of the group.
NAIJ.com had earlier reported that the minister of information Lai Mohammed said that the group which has been proscribed was being sponsored from France.
A security source confirmed that some Nigerians in diaspora were sending money to an account in Paris, France and that it was disbursed to members of the proscribed group from there.
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