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Nigeria demand $200bn as compensation from China over COVID-19 pandemic



As Nigeria enters the community transmission stage of Covid-19 with staggering 29,286 confirmed cases, twenty-five Nigerians have dragged China to court and seek $200billion in compensation over the outbreak and spread of the pandemic.

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Coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan City of China in the latter year of 2019 with the total cases now peaking global to 11,748,985 within nine months.

Over two hundred countries and territories have been affected leaving the global communities in panic and global economic crisis with Nigeria standing closely behind South Africa and Egypt in Africa’s epidemic figure.

Piqued by the crisis, the claimants in a suit filed on Monday, July 6, before the Abuja Federal High Court claimed China is culpability in the spread of the pandemic.

The Nigerian claimants, represented by eleven Senior Advocates of Nigeria ((SANs) led by Professor Epiphany Azinge (SAN), are suing the defendant, the Chinese governments, for negligence, nuisance, and breach of environmental and humanitarian rights.

According to This Day, the defendants are: Peoples’ Republic of China, Communist Party of China, Minister of Justice China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Wuhan Institute of Virology and Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, Minister in charge of the National Health Commission, National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China.

The claimants are Kingsley Obioha, Shehu Mohammed Bello, Goodrand Nigeria Limited, Chief Ekene Ebuzeme, Prince Akin Oladipo, Sir Mark Olajide, Mr. Tanko Beji, Chief Victor Nwosa, Chidi Onwuemere, Pasaya Travel and Tours Limited, Trips Shop Limited, Mrs. Susan Akporiaye, Carolyn Asoanya, Jerry Azinge, His Royal Majesty Williams Ezugwu, Ogugua Ogos and others.

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