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Nigerian lawyers are dragging China to court over COVID-19, demanding $200b damages

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The coalition of Nigerian legal practitioners has brought the Federal republic of China to court on the effects of the Coronavirus outbreak on the West African giant.

Lawyers are demanding $200 billion in damages for “loss of life, economic strangulation, trauma, hardship, social disorientation, mental torture and disruption of the normal daily lives of Nigerians.”

This was stated in a Sunday statement by the Chief Prosecutor, Prof. Epiphany Azinge (SAN) Azinge’s law firm, Azinge, and Azinge, in support of the legal action, stressing that they had concluded pleadings for class action against the Chinese government.

The statement added, “The team of legal experts has planned a two-phase action: firstly, with the Nigerian Federal High Court and, secondly, to persuade the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to bring a state action against the People’s Republic of China before the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

Azinge is currently a member of the Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal London, representing Nigeria and Africa. “The legal experts will claim damages in the amount of 200 billion dollars, and the Chinese Government will serve through its Embassy in Nigeria.”

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