Igboho’s aides file fresh suit against DSS, seek N100m compensation for rights violation
A fresh fundamental human rights violation has been instituted against the Department of the State Services DSS for allegedly breaching constitutional rights of the 12 associates of the Yoruba nation advocate, Mr Sunday Adeyemo serially.
The 12 aides are praying the court for an order granting the sum of N100 million being the aggravated and exemplary damages against the DSS.
Amongst other reliefs, the aides are praying for “a declaration that the applicants have not committed any offence known to law that will warrant intimidation, harassment, and threats of persecution and degradation of their human person by the respondents violating the law.
“A declaration that the detention of the detention of the applicants by the respondent beyond 48 hours as entrenched by the constitution is illegal and violates the applicants right to be tried within a reasonable time.”
They are also seeking a declaration that the media parade of the applicants by the respondent without a court conviction is illegal and unlawful as same violated their fundamental right to dignity of human person, defamation of their character and right of innocence as provided by the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended.
When the matter came up before Justice Obiora Egwuatu on Wednesday, the lawyer representing the aides Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi told the court that at the last adjourned date, they were asked to serve their process on the DSS and that they had already done so.
The DSS’ lawyer, Idowu Awo, confirmed to the court that they have received the process filed by the aides and that they have also filed their counter-affidavit in response on September 6.
However, Awo informed the court that on September 7, his colleague who was supposed to appear with him in the matter was asked to bring the case file to court.
He said the lady boarded a vehicle, which unknowingly to her, belonged to armed robbers, the type commonly referred to as “one chance.”
The counsel stated that she was dispossessed of all her belongings including the case file by the armed robbers.
He also told the court that he had already applied for the Certified True Copy of the processes at the Process Registry and was not with any copy in court to serve the applicants.
Consequently, Awo applied for an adjournment to enable him obtain the CTC and serve Igboho aides’ lawyer with their counter-affidavit.
The aides’ lawyer conceded to the adjournment.
Justice Egwuatu held that the matter would not be concluded during the court vacation which ends in a week.
Following this, he ordered that the matter be sent back to the court registry for it to be reassigned as it is the custom that when the vacation comes to an end, matters before the vacation court would need to be reassigned.
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