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Alleged terror mastermind Okah sues government

02 May 2014, 09:40

Abuja - Charles Okah, one of the alleged masterminds of the Independence Day bombings in 2010, has sued the prison authorities over his failing health conditions in Kuje Prison.

Joined in the suit are the Minister of Interior and the Comptroller General of Prisons.

In the suit's writ of summon, Okah is seeking a declaration that the fumigation of his cell by Prison officer while he was still inside amounts to a breach of his fundamental human right to life and dignity as guaranteed by Sections 33 (1) and 34 (1) (a) of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria.

Okah is also seeking redress over an alleged wrongful administration of Epilim Sodium Viptoate (ESP) drug on his at the prison facilities.

He also claims that the drug, which is used primarily for epileptic patients, was administered on him by the prison officers to harm him.

He also claims that the prison authorities have intentionally denied him medication for the treatment of his hypertension and high blood pressure.

Okah wants the court to order the prison authorities to pay him N500million as damages for the infringement of his fundamental human rights.

He is also asking the court to order the prison authorities to stop administering the ESP drug on him but instead allow him to access proper medical intention.

No date has been fixed for hearing in the matter.

Eight people were killed in Abuja following the bombings Okah is under trial for.

His brother Henry is serving 24 years in South Africa for terrorism.

– CAJ News

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