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N200m Suit Filed Against DSS On Detaining Journalist For 2 Years

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N200m Suit Filed Against DSS On Detaining Journalist For 2 Years – Femi Falana has filed a fundamental human rights enforcement suit against the Department of State Security (DSS) before the Federal High Court in Abuja on behalf of a journalist, Jones Abiri who had reportedly been in custody for two years. The suit was filed on Tuesday, July 3 and sought an order directing the DSS to pay to the journalist the sum of N200m in damages for his illegal detention and violation of his fundamental rights.

It also prayed that the court declares the detention of the journalist since his arrest on July 21, 2016 as illegal and unconstitutional.

Falana argued that the detention “violates” the applicant’s fundamental rights” including, rights to personal liberty, dignity of person, fair hearing, health and association, as well as freedom of association.

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It also prayed that the court declares the detention of the journalist since his arrest on July 21, 2016 as illegal and unconstitutional. Falana argued that the detention “violates” the applicant’s fundamental rights” including, rights to personal liberty, dignity of person, fair hearing, health and association, as well as freedom of association.

 

The news outlet reports further that Falana argued that the journalist’s life which was violated by the DSS were guaranteed by sections 34, 35 and 40 of the Nigeria Constitution as well as Articles 11 and 16 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act.

Paul Ochayi, a litigation clerk in Falana’s law firm, said in an affidavit filed in support of the suit that Abiri was arrested without warrant by “the armed agents” of the DSS in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state on July 21, 2016. 

It added that: “There is no court order which authorised the detention of the applicant” and that the agency, “has not charged the applicant to any court.”

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