A plaintiff, Mr. Alfred Ihua, has dragged the Department of State Services (DSS) before an High Court of the Federal Capital Territory over alleged illegal detention.
Ihua, through his counsel, Barrister Ifeanyi Chukwu Nweze -Obasi, prayed the court to declare his arrest and detention as a violation of his fundamental human rights.
According to the suit dated September 22, 2020, the plaintiff prayed for an order restraining the respondents, their servants, agents, and privies from further arresting, detaining, torturing harassing molesting and/or threatening the life of the Ihua.
Apart from the DSS, other respondents in the suit are the Attorney- General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Director General, DSS, Investigating Officer Bashir and Team Leader Musa.
He also asked the court to order his release on bail and ask for the sum of N500,000,000.00 as damages against the respondents for unlawful arrest, detention, molestation, harassment and threat to his life.
Also, Barrister Obazi Nweze, in a letter to the Director, DSS, FCT Command, who is also a respondent in the matter said, ‘’We to officially bequest for his administrative bail having regard to Sections 34(4), (5), 36(5)(6)(C) and (D) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As amended); and Sections 37 and 46 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 requiring that all complaints upon which warrants issue must be on oath: which means that it will of necessity be filled in court and have suit/case number- this of course, is radically at variance with the purported warrant being touted by your operatives as the basis for continued detention of our client.”
‘’However, having made thé above request orally afore and it was denied by your operatives, we have also approached the court to enforce the Fundamental Human Rights of the above named person. Attached herewith are copies of the court processes.”
No date has been fixed for the hearing of the case.