The Department of State Services (DSS) and three other individuals were ordered to pay Abdullahi Isiaka N100 million in damages by an FCT High Court in Abuja on Thursday for violating Isiaka’s fundamental rights.
The Director-General, the DSS Director FCT Command, and an agent named Ibrahim Wase are the others.
Stechitegist gathered from reports that Isiaka claimed that from November 19, 2020, to February 12, 2021, the first to third respondents held him without charge for 85 days.
Justice Peter Kekemeke ruled on the enforcement of the right matter brought by Isiaka, concluding that the applicant had established his case against the respondents and merited a ruling in his favor.
According to him, the first through third respondents did not present the court with any evidence that would have allowed it to rule that the applicant had been detained legally.
“It is a grave infringement of the applicant’s rights to personal liberty to hold him in custody for about 85 days without bringing him before a court.
“His right to a fair hearing was curtailed while his dignity was diminished.
“Law enforcement organizations need to be reminded that they are not above the law. They are not colonial forces out to conquer, subdue, dehumanize, or torment Nigerian civilians, nor are they their masters”
He said, “They must learn to work within their limitations.
Stechitegist recounts that petitions the first through third respondents had against the applicant included allegations of life danger, fraud, criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, and other things.
Exhibit SS1, which is a part of the Counter Affidavit, contains the petition.
The judgment acknowledged that the three respondents’ behavior was motivated by a petition filed by someone that appeared to be related to a land deal.
The first through third respondents had no business participating in such issues, he continued, if a crime was committed that had nothing to do with internal security.
“Given the general condition of unrest in which we find ourselves, one wonders how the DSS will find time to get involved in real estate deals or minor breaches of the law that the Police can handle.
As a result, the application is granted, and the respondents are hereby given an order to bring the applicant from custody so that bail can be granted and a court order to that effect.
“It is hereby declared that the applicant’s arrest and detention are illegal since they violate their fundamental rights.
“The acts of the First, Second, and Third Respondents in meddling in private individual land transaction proceedings are beyond their functions and objectives.
“Therefore, it amounts to unlawful harassment and intimidation of the Applicant.
He declared: “An order of injunction preventing the Respondents from taking further action in connection with the dispute and N100,000,000 compensation in favor of the applicant is hereby awarded.”
The applicant claimed that he received some title documents for a plot of land in Lugbe, Abuja, sometime in 2015 from someone else to sell.
He said that he had given one Akin the papers and that Akin had claimed to have a buyer, that the papers were authentic, and that the land existed.
The applicant further asserted that he was unlawfully detained in his home on November 19, 2020, at about midday.
He continued by saying that he had been held at the DSS FCT prison facility, Asokoro, ever since his arrest.
He further said that the officers had asked for N10 million, which his friend had provided. It may also interest you to read about Mr president speaks on reasons behind terrorist attack on churches (see details)
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