The President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal authorities, the Nigeria Police Force, and the Department of State Services have been dragged earlier than an Economic Community of West African States’ court docket over the loss of life of a 14-year-old woman, who was shot useless throughout the Yoruba Nation Rally in Lagos State.
A civil society, Love Foundation, filed the go well with within the ECOWAS court docket, in search of the court docket to award $1billion damages towards the federal government entities to be paid to the deceased’s mother and father.
The go well with is difficult the legality of banning all peaceable protests by the federal authorities of Nigeria via the police, the DSS, and different safety businesses in Nigeria.
A human rights lawyer, Chief Patrick Eholor, filed the go well with for the group, in search of an order of the court docket directing the Lagos State of Nigeria and the talked about safety businesses to pay the cash to the household for the inconveniences and damages.
The go well with reads, “That due to the threats by policemen of Lagos State, a young girl was killed by the policemen by live bullets in their quest to clamp down on protesters during the Yoruba Nation rally on July 3 in the Ojota area of the state.
“An order directing the defendant and its brokers and the Lagos State of Nigeria to supply efficient treatments and reparation of $1billion to the household of the deceased together with ample compensation, restitution, satisfaction or ensures of non-repetition that the Honourable Court could deem match to grant to human rights defenders, activists, bloggers, journalists and different on-line and off-line media practitioners which have been harassed, intimidated, unlawfully arrested, detained, and unfairly prosecuted by the defendant due to lawful protest via the criminalization of identical by the Nigerian authorities.”
The go well with additionally requested the court docket to order the federal government to cease the intimidation, suppression, harassment, killing, and taking pictures of peaceable protesters arrested and locked up in several safety businesses cells throughout Nigeria by the assorted Nigeria state safety businesses.
The group added that the motion of the Nigerian authorities was in variance to Section 24, which ensures the rights to freedom of expression and data in Articles 8 and 9 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Recall that armed cops, led by Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, had shot and killed Jumoke whereas making an attempt to disperse the Yoruba Nation agitators at Ojota.