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OPERATION POSITIVE IDENTIFICATION: Falana gets court to order Army, Malami to maintain status quo

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The Nigerian Army and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami have been ordered to maintain the status quo in respect of the nationwide Operation Positive Identification (OPI) embarked upon on November 1 by the Army.

Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court sitting in Lagos gave the order on Tuesday at the request of human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN).

Falana filed the suit praying the court to stop the army’s Operation Positive Identification, which requires that all citizens must carry a means of identification to be able to move about.

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The human rights lawyer contended that such an operation was a violation of constitutional rights to liberty.

Justice Aikawa, in his ruling, ordered the army to maintain status quo pending the hearing and determination of Falana’s suit.

“In view of the agreement between counsel, I hereby order the 1st and 2nd defendants to maintain the status quo pending the determination of this case”, Justice Aikawa said.

He adjourned the case till November 18, 2019.

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