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Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer drags DSS before a Federal High Court over abuse of rights

Nnamdi Kanu's lawyer drags DSS before a Federal High Court over abuse of rights

By Frank Ajufo

A member of the defence counsel to Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Maxwell Opara has approached a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja with a 50 million naira law suit against the Director General of the Department of State Services, DSS, and the DSS over an alleged violation of his fundamental human rights.

The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1018/2021, among other prayers is asking the court to grant him financial compensation to the tone of 50 million naira for the infringement of his fundamental rights to dignity and human person.

Also contained in the prayers is a request for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the leadership of the DSS, the DSS and their representatives from further disturbing or interfering with his rights to dignity of human person, liberty and freedom of movement by any further harassment, intimidation and humiliation during his routine visit to their facility to see his client or in any way infringing on his constitutional right as guaranteed by the law.

Barr.Opara also asked the court to order the respondents to publish a written apology in two National Dailies for the unwarranted infringement of his fundamental rights.

The court is also be asked to direct the Respondents in the suit to jointly and severally, pay for the cause of the action.

"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 Pe0ple 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, 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", were among the relieves sought by the counsel.

A date is yet to be fixed for hearing of the matter.