The Chinese embassy in Nigeria on Wednesday forcefully reasserted its objections to a $200 billion lawsuit against China for reparations for COVID-19 filed by a group of Nigerian lawyers in the High Court. “The attempt to file frivolous lawsuits is a shoddy one, as it has zero basis in fact, law or international precedence,” said the embassy in a statement posted on Twitter.
The lawyers initially filed their suit back in April when it was predictably dismissed by the embassy and legal observers, who pointed out that individuals cannot sue foreign governments in a Nigerian court. “You cannot sue the Chinese government before a Nigerian court and expect the jurisdiction to be binding on them,” explained human rights lawyer Tope Akiinod.
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