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Nigerians sue China for $200 billion over coronavirus pandemic

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 8, 2020
A group of Nigerians filed a lawsuit against the Chinese government and related institutions over the coronavirus pandemic, local media reported on Tuesday.
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Lawsuit   Nigeria federal high court
According to local daily This Day, 25 Nigerian nationals have moved the high court of Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory and are seeking $200 billion for losses caused by the pandemic.

Topics: Nigerians China

Among the respondents named in the lawsuit are the People’s Republic of China, the Communist Party of China, the National Health Commission and the minister in charge of it, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The petitioners have accused them of negligence and violations of environmental and humanitarian rights, according to the report.

They contend that China breached international laws by not informing the World Health Organization about the coronavirus outbreak on time, terming it “express neglect of an international obligation.”

The claimants said the pandemic continues to cause heavy financial losses, with “volatility of the market leading to a decline in investment” even after lockdowns ended.

Nigeria’s coronavirus outbreak still seems far from over, with more than 500 new cases pushing the total number of infections beyond 29,000 on Tuesday.

According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 575 more coronavirus cases and nine fatalities were recorded in the country over the past 24 hours.

“Till date, 29,286 cases have been confirmed, 11,828 cases have been discharged, and 654 deaths have been recorded in 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory,” read an NCDC update.