The 123 men from Jigawa State who were arrested and detained by men of the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit ) have dragged the Lagos State government before the federal high court in Lagos over the violation of their rights.
The men, who are mostly artisans and motorcycle riders, are demanding the sum of N1 billion as damages from the state government for profiling and detaining them.
Joined as respondents in the suit filed on behalf of others by Abdullahi Yakubu, are Lagos State commissioner of police and the chairman of the task force, Yinka Egbeyemi , as well as the attorney general and commissioner for justice of Lagos State.
The 123 men from Jigawa State were intercepted at Agege area of the state, alongside 48 motorcycles in a truck last week Friday.
In the suit with number FHC/L/CS/1519/19, Yakubu and the other men are urging the court for a declaration that the prevention of the applicants numbering 123 from moving into Lagos State of Nigeria by the state government without prima facie incriminating evidence against the applicants constitute a flagrant violation of their rights to move freely throughout Nigeria as guaranteed by section 41 of the Constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
They are also asking the court for declaration that the detention of the men in the absence of prima facie incriminating evidence against them constitutes a violation of their right to personal liberty protected by section 35 of the Constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
The plaintiffs are further praying the court to mandate the respondents to release their seized motorcycles numbering 48, the truck conveying them, their wears and any other goods belonging to them in their custody.
They are also demanding, “An order of this honourable court awarding the sum of N1,000,000,000.00 payable by the respondents jointly and severally to the applicants as reparation.”
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