Azinge, a member of the London-based Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal and former director-general of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, is championing the lawsuit through his law firm Azinge and Azinge.
Nigeria, a former British colony, is part of the Commonwealth.
NigeriaTo date, there are at least 1,273 confirmed cases of the virus in Nigeria, with 40 deaths in connection with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The lawyers have concluded legal procedures for the class action against Beijing, according to the Daily Post.
“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 People’s Republic of China at the International Court of Justice at the Hague,” the statement says.
Post-pandemic, Nigeria has applied for more than $7 billion in emergency funds from international lenders, including the IMF, World Bank, and the African Development Bank.
Other LawsuitsIn the United States, attorney generals in Missouri and Mississippi have filed lawsuits against the Chinese regime over its coverup of the virus, while U.S. law firms have begun several class-action lawsuits.
The Chinese regime initially concealed the virus outbreak, including by silencing eight doctors who took to Chinese social media to warn people about a new form of pneumonia in late December.
Italy is among the hardest-hit by the virus, with almost 27,000 deaths and more than 199,000 infections.