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Ex-Boko Haram Spokesman Sues Nigerian Government For N500m, See Why

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A N500 million aggravated suit filed by a former spokesperson of Boko Haram, Ali Konduga has been struck out by an FCT High Court, Maitama on Thursday.

The suit, dated October 7 and filed on October 8 was struck out following an appeal by Mr Konduga’s counsel, Mohammed Tola to discontinue the case.

Justice Samira Bature, the judge said according to the respondent, the court doesn’t have the jurisdiction to handle the matter.

He said the suit was struck out after the applicant motioned for a discontinuance.

Mr Konduga dragged the Director-General, State Security Services (SSS) and the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, over alleged breach of his fundamental rights.

Through his counsel, Mr Tola, Konduga filed a suit, alleging that after serving a three-year jail term, he was kept in detention for another three years before he was released in 2016.

A Chief Magistrate Court in Abuja had sentence Konduga to three years in prison for criminal intimidation in 2011.

In his suit, Mr Konduga said the SSS kept in the custody instead of the conventional prison in a bid make him serve as a key witness to prove a terrorism charge against a senator in a Federal High Court in Abuja.

However, he stated that he was never asked to testify on the case in court nor did he testify on any matter.

According to Mr Konduga he was kept in the SSS’s office in Maiduguri on September 8, 2016, and was on September 9, 2016, released to his parents.

He said his family was offered N700,000 by the SSS when they released him, adding that the money was meant for his medical treatment.

Mr Konduga stated that the actions revealed that the SSS was aware that he needed compensation for his illegal and unlawful detention.

He, therefore, demanded an unreserved public apology in three national newspapers and further prayed for an order of the court, asking the respondents to pay him N500 million as aggravated damages and compensation for the illegal, unconstitutional, and unlawful detention.



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