Mr Chido Onumah, a journalist and rights activist, on Wednesday, demanded N150 million compensation from the Department of State Security Services (DSS) over alleged unlawful detention.
In a swimsuit quantity: FHC/ABJ/CS/1270/2019 filed by his Lawyer, Moses Ideh, on the Federal High Court, Abuja, Onumah additionally sought “the enforcement of his fundamental human rights to dignity of his person, right to personal liberty, freedom of expression and right to own personal property brought pursuant to Section 34, 35, 39, 41 and 44 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”
Onumah is the applicant, Mr Yusuf Bichi, who’s the DG of DSS, is the first respondent and the DSS as an company is the 2nd respondent within the case.
Onumah was mentioned to have been arrested not too long ago by the DSS operatives on the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, and detained for a number of hours for sporting a T-shirt with the inscription: “We Are All Biafrans.”
The inscription on the shirt is the precise title of a e-book Onumah authored three years in the past.
However, the DSS mentioned it didn’t arrest him, saying the activist “was rather engaged in an interaction during which an act of his capable of undermining public order and national security was explained to him.”
In the swimsuit, Onumah, who’s the Coordinator, African Centre for Media and Information Literacy, mentioned his arrest and detention on Sept. 29 at about 5pm to 10:30pm by the safety company with out lawful trigger and with out court docket order constituted a violation of his elementary human rights to dignity of his individual, private liberty, freedom of motion and freedom of expression.
He due to this fact demanded a compensatory damages of N100 million for the violation of his elementary human rights and exemplary damages of N50 million for setback, trauma, psychological and emotional misery skilled and nonetheless being skilled.
Other requests made by the applicant embrace:
“A DECLARATION that the illegal seizure of the Applicant’s T-Shirt and coercion to put in writing an endeavor by no means to put on the mentioned T-Shirt once more by Officials and/or Agents of the Respondents quantities to a violation of his proper to personal property and his proper to Freedom of Expression as contained in Section 39 and 44 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
“A DECLARATION that the psychological and bodily trauma which the Applicant needed to endure through the time period he was held in detention by Officials and/or Agents of the Respondents constitutes a violation of his proper to dignity of his individual as supplied in Section 34 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
“AN ORDER OF MANDAMUS compelling the 1St Respondent to hold out an intensive and in-depth investigation and prosecution of all its Officers and/ or brokers straight and remotely liable for the Applicant’s illegal arrest and violation of his elementary rights.
“A written unreserved apology from the Respondents to the Applicant to be printed in two National Dailies for the harassment and unwarranted psychological and bodily trauma meted on the Applicant whereas in custody of the Respondents.
“AN ORDER for the immediate release of the Applicant’s T-shirt.”
The matter is but to be assigned to a choose.