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Abiola’s sons sue police, demand compensation for damages over arrest following armed robbery attack on late dad’s home

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Two sons of late Mr Moshood Abiola, winner of June 12, 1993 presidential election, Kassim and Aliyu, arrested and detained over a robbery incident that took place at their father’s residence on September 2, have approached High Court of Lagos State in Ikeja Judicial Division for the enforcement of their fundamental rights.

The duo, who applied for the enforcement of their rights to personal liberty, dignity of person, right to private and family life, as well as right to freedom of movement, told the court that they were unlawfully arrested and detained at Special Anti-Robbery Squad in Ikeja, following a complaint lodged by their step-mum, Mrs. Adebisi Abiola, after the robbery incident.

Lagos State Commissioner of Police was cited as the sole Respondent in the suit filed by the Applicants filed through their lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Mike Ozekhome.

Specifically, they prayed the court to declare that “the arrest without warrant and subsequent and continuous dehumanization and detention of the Applicants since the 2nd September, 2020, by operatives of the Respondent on the alleged Complaint of one Mrs Adebisi Abiola, is illegal, unlawful, wrongful and constitutes a blatant violation of the Applicants’ fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 35 (1) (4) & (6), 37, 41 (1), 44 (1) and 46(1) of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, Sections 2, 3(1) (2), 17(1) (2), 18 (1) (2) (3), 19, 21 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, Lagos State, 2015, and Articles 5, 6 & 14 of African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Ratification and Enforcement Act Cap A9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“A declaration that the arrest and subsequent dehumanization and the continuous detention of the Applicants since 2nd September, 2020, by operatives of the Respondent on the alleged Petition/Complaint of one Adebisi Abiola, without granting them administrative bail within 24 hours of their arrest, are illegal, wrongful, unlawful and constitutes a blatant violation of fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 35 (1) (4) & (6), 37, 41 (1), 44 (1) and 46(1) of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, as altered, Sections 2, 3(1) (2), 17(1) (2), 18 (1) (2) (3), 19, 21 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, Lagos State, 2015, and Articles 5, 6 & 14 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights Ratification and Enforcement Act Cap A9, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Aside from demanding for an apology, the applicants equally asked for an order to compel the Respondent to pay them N100 million as exemplary damages for the alleged wanton and grave violation of their fundamental rights.

 

Daily Trust