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Ex-Kogi Speaker slams 50m suit against human rights commission

21 August 2016, 18:48

Lokoja - Former Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly Clarence Olafemi has sued the National Human Rights Commission for the inclusion of his name as an electoral offender.

Olafemi is claiming N50 million as damages for defamation and disrespect to his name by the commission.

His counsel Temdayo Eseyin, who confirmed this to newsmen in Lokoja on Sunday, said that the case was instituted on Aug. 18 in a High Court in Lokoja.

According to him, the suit is to challenge the inclusion of his client’s name in the list of electoral offenders sent by the commission to the office of the Attorney- General and Minister of Justice for prosecution.

He said that Olafemi, who was also a former acting governor of the state, had earlier been cleared of the offence by the Court of Appeal in Abuja.

Also read: Ikpeazu: My human rights are being denied

Eseyin insisted that his inclusion as number four on this list of electoral offenders by the commission, clearly nine years after the said offence was committed was done in bad faith.

"The inclusion of his name is unlawful, illegal, a falsehood and a violation of perpetual injunction of the Court of Appeal which directed the commission not to publish such a thing on my client.

"The indictment of my client by a tribunal in 2003 had been set aside by the Court of Appeal. The appellate court demanded to know if there was any reported case of fracas and there was none.

"Even, the INEC attested to the fact that none of their ballot boxes got missing during the election.’’

"The judges unanimously agreed that there was a miscarriage of justice at the lower tribunal and then nullified the judgement of the tribunal and declared Olafemi winner of the election,’’ he said.



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