Igboho’s aides sue DSS for defamation, rights violation, demand N100m

Igboho’s aides sue DSS for defamation, rights violation, demand N100m

The 12 aides of Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, have brought a fundamental human rights enforcement action before the Federal High Court Abuja against the Department of State Services for allegedly breaching their constitutional rights serially.

The aides are praying the court for an order granting the sum of N100m being the aggravated and exemplary damages against the DSS.

Among  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, defamation of their character and right of innocence as provided by the 1999 constitution of Nigeria as amended.

When the matter was called up before Justice Obiora Egwuatu on Wednesday, the lawyer representing the aides 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, informed the court that they have received the process filed by the aides and have also filed their counter-affidavit in response on September 6.

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