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CONTINUED DETENTION: Sowore sues DSS for N500m

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The co-convener of Revolution Now, Omoyele Sowore, has dragged the Department of State Services (DSS) to court over his arrest and continued detention.

Sowore, who has been in detention since August 3, is also demanding for N500,000,000 for general and aggravated damages for his illegal arrest and detention.

The suit, filed in Abuja on Friday, is marked FHC/ABJ /C51409/2019 and dated November 20, 2019.

It read in part: “A declaration that the detention of the applicant from November 7, 2019 till date in violation of the order for his release made on November 6, 2019 is illegal as it violates his fundamental right to liberty guaranteed by Section 35 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 6 of African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement Act (CAP A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

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“An order of this court compelling the respondents to pay to the applicant the sum of N500,000, 000, 00 ( Five hundred million naira) as general and aggravated damages for the illegal violation of the applicant’s fundamental right to life, dignity of his person, fair hearing, health, freedom of movement and freedom of association.

“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further violating the applicant’s fundamental rights in any manner whatsoever and however without lawful justification”, Sowore prayed the court in the suit that also has Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN) as co-defendant.

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