Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Files N50million Suit Against Department Of State Services Over Inhumane Treatments

Maxwell Opara, one of many authorized representatives of the detained chief of the Indigenous People of Biafra, (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu, on Monday, filed a N50million elementary rights’ enforcement go well with towards the Department of State Services (DSS).

Opara, who alleged that he was on August 30 uncovered to varied degrading remedies when he went to go to Kanu in custody of the DSS as ordered by the court docket, additionally cited the key police because the 2nd Respondent in his go well with marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1018/2021, whereas the Director-General, Yusuf Bichi, is first respondent. 

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The applicant advised the court docket that DSS operatives, had upon his arrival to see Kanu, manhandled and brought him to a specific room inside their facility for functions of alleged bodily search, “wherein they forced him to remove his medicated eye-glasses, wedding ring, belt, jacket, and shoes and accordingly left him shabbily dressed.”

SaharaReporters had final week reported that Ifeanyi Ejiofor, lead counsel to Kanu, spoke about his expertise through the go to saying, “today’s visit witnessed a fundamental change in the hitherto procedures conventionally adopted for conducting the visit.

“We were initially unperturbed by the method now introduced by the DSS, but we feel compelled in the prevailing circumstance to make public our strange experience which borders on the improper treatment of lawyers in the course of conducting a court-ordered visit to their Client who is undergoing trial.”

In the rely, Opara advised the court docket that he was subjected to the humiliation of holding his trousers along with his palms, carrying lavatory sandals meant for awaiting trial inmates and uncovered to an Air Conditioner-inflicted chilly for 3 hours.

Opara insisted that the motion the DSS took towards him, amounted to a gross violation of his proper to dignity of human particular person as assured below Sections 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), in addition to Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and People Rights (Ratification and enforcement) Act Cap A9 Vol. 1 LFN.

He particularly prayed the court docket for; “A declaration that the Respondents, whilst in the execution of their duties must respect the fundamental rights of citizens and accordingly abide by the provisions of Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the provisions of the Africa Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

“A declaration that the actions of the men, operatives and officers under the command commission of the Respondents on the 30th of August, 2021 during the Applicant’s visit to see his client in their detention facility, wherefore they commandeered the Applicant to a particular room within their facility; for purposes of alleged bodily search, wherein they forced him to remove his medicated eye-glasses, wedding ring, belt, jacket and shoes and accordingly left him shabbily dressed, harassed, intimidated and humiliated, amounts to a gross violation of the Applicant’s right to dignity of human person as guaranteed under Sections 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and People Rights (Ratification and enforcement) Act Cap A9 Vol. 1 LFN.

“A declaration that the actions of the men, operatives and officers under the command/commission of the Respondents on the 30th of August, 2021 during the Applicant’s visit to see his client in their detention facility, wherefore they commandeered the Applicant to a particular room within their facility; for purposes of alleged bodily search, wherein they forcibly removed his belt, medicated eye-glasses, wedding ring, jacket and shoes, and subjected him to the humiliation of holding his trousers with his hands, wearing a bathroom slippers meant for awaiting trial inmates and exposed to Air Conditioner inflicted cold for 3 hours, are not permitted by law; even during bodily search.”

Opara prayed the court docket to award him the N50million as compensation for the infringement of his elementary rights to dignity and human particular person.

As effectively as, an order of perpetual injunction restraining the 2 Defendants and their representatives additional disturbing or interfering along with his rights to dignity of human particular person, liberty and freedom of motion by any additional harrasment, intimidation and humiliation throughout his routine go to to their detention facility to see his shopper or in any means infringing on his constitutional proper as assured by the legislation.

More so, the applicant, demanded a written apology by the respondents, to be revealed in two nationwide every day Newspapers for the unwarranted infringement of his elementary rights.

He additional prayed for an order of court docket directing the Respondents to collectively and severally pay for the reason for the motion.

Meanwhile, no date has been fastened for listening to of the go well with.

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Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Files N50million Suit Against Department Of State Services Over Inhumane Treatments

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