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US Court Dimisses IPODs Case Against Nigerian Government

Valentine Chinyem

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A suit filed by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOD) against the Federal Government of Nigeria, has been dismissed by a District of Columbia (DC) Court in the United States (U.S.).

The suit apart from seeking a compensation worth millions of dollars, the group, through its plaintiff, Godson M. Nnaka and his lawyers, is also seeking payment of 40 per cent of the $550 million Abacha loot.

Respondents in the suit are the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai, Director General of the State Security Service (SSS), Lawal Daura, former Inspector General of Police (IGP), Solomon Arase and his successor, Ibrahim Idris.

Others are governors of Abia and Anambra states, Okezie Ikpeazu and Willie Obiano.

IPOB, filed the suit against the Federal Government, citing rights violation, torture and killing of its members, who were on peaceful protests at different times and locations between 2016 and 2017.

Dabney Friedrich, the judge handling the suit, dismissed IPOB’s case for lack of jurisdiction, saying Nigerian government officials enjoy foreign immunity.

The case was filed by counsel to IPOB, DC Attorneys, Fein & DelValle PLLC, while the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, retained the services of Anthony O. Egbase of (AOE) Law and Associates to represent Nigeria.