Nnamdi Kanu’s Lawyer Sues DSS, Asking For N50Mn For Rights Abuse

Breaking: DSS prevents Nnamdi Kanu from seeking UK's assistance – Lawyer

Moses Ofodeme

For subjecting him to degrading and inhuman treatment, one of the lawyers defending the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, Mr Maxwell Opara, has filed a fundamental right enforcement suit against the Director-General of the Department of State Services, (DSS).

Opara, in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1018/2021, alleged that he was on August 30, subjected to various degrading treatments when he visited Kanu in a DSS facility.

He listed the DSS, as the 2nd respondent in the suit is praying the court to award him N50 million; as compensation for the infringement on his fundamental right to dignity.

Opara, also prayed the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the two respondents; and their representatives from further disturbing or interfering with his rights to dignity and restrain them from interfering with his liberty and freedom of movement by any further harassment; intimidation; and humiliation during his routine visits to their detention facility to see Kanu.

He is also demanding a written apology from the respondents to be published in two national dailies for the unwarranted infringement of his fundamental rights.

Opara, stated that the action the DSS took against him, amounted to a gross violation of his right to dignity; as guaranteed under Sections 34 of the 1999 Constitution.

He said it also violated Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and People Rights (Ratification and enforcement) Act Cap A9 Vol. 1 LFN.

He alleged that when he visited the DSS facility to see Kanu, he was forced to remove his medicated eye glasses; wedding ring; belt; jacket; and shoes.

Opara said in complying with the order of the DSS operatives he became shabbily dressed, harassed, intimidated, and humiliated.

This, according to him, amounts to a gross violation of the right to dignity guaranteed under Sections 34 of the 1999 Constitution 1999 and Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights (Ratification and enforcement) Act Cap A9 Vol. 1 LFN.

No date has, however, been fixed for hearing of the suit.

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