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Date set for lawsuit against Taraba police head

05 February 2014, 18:36

Abuja - The final judgment on the case in which some officials in Taraba State have taken the State Police Commissioner, Jubril Adeniji, to court over alleged unlawful arrest, will be handed on the 17th of this month.

Among those challenging the detention is Sylvanus Giwa, the Senior Special Adviser to Governor Dunbaba Suntai on Media and Publicity.

He sued Adeniji alongside Elhamid Ali Ibrahim, Philip Kamishi, Elkabir Eldio and Anderi Imbred, were said to have been unlawfully arrested and detained in the command headquarters by the commissioner.

In their lawsuit, the five applicants pleaded with the courts to declare that the treatment meted on them from the point of their arrest and during the period of their detention “constitute flagrant disregard and willful violation of the inalienable rights of the applicants jealously preserved and stoutly protected under section 34 of the constitution and Article 5 of the African Charter.”

They are demanding compensation of 200 million each for the “inexcusable breach of their fundamental human rights as provided for and preserved by the constitution and the African charter.”

Apart from the compensation, they requested that the courts compel the commissioner to issue a public apology to the applicants via “any two of the widely circulated national dailies.”

Overall, the applicants sought the court to further declare that the “arrest and detention of the applicants without confronting them with the grounds and facts of their arrest and detention as envisaged and commanded by section 35{1} and {3} of the constitution constitute gross and abysmal aberration of their inalienable right to the dignity of their persons.”

- CAJ News


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