Nigerian Lawyers Sue China $200bn Damages Caused By COVID-19

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A group of Nigerian lawyers have filed a class action against the Peoples Republic of China over the infections, deaths and economic disruption caused by the novel Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

The lawyers, led by Prof Epiphany Azinge (SAN), are claiming $200 billion damages for the “loss of lives, economic strangulation, trauma, hardship, social disorientation, mental torture and disruption of normal daily existence of people in Nigeria.”

 

Azinge, who is a former Director-General of the Nigeria Institute of Legal Studies (NIALS) and currently representing Nigeria and Africa at the Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal London, in a statement, disclosed that pleadings for the class action against the Chinese government have been concluded.

 

He said:

“The team of legal experts planned a two phase line of action-: first is with the federal high court of Nigeria and secondly to persuade the government of Federal Republic of Nigeria to institute a state action against the Peoples Republic of China at the International Court of Justice at the Hague.

 

“The legal experts will be claiming damages to the tune of 200billion dollars the Chinese Government will be served through its Embassy in Nigeria.”

 

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