The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) has lost a suit at a District of Columbia (DC) Court in the United States against the Federal Government and 15 others seeking millions of dollars compensation.
In the suit, IPOB, represented by 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, among others, Daily Trust writes.
The separatist group had filed the case against the defendants 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.
But in a ruling Thursday, trial judge, Dabney Friedrich, dismissed IPOB’s case for lack of jurisdiction, saying officials of the Nigerian government enjoy foreign immunity.
IPOB also alleged extra judicial killings of Biafrans and killing of peaceful protesters during the Biafran Patriots Day parade on May 30, 2017.
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.