Sowore Slams N200million Lawsuit Against Businessman, Ned Nwoko And Nigeria Police For Illegal Arrest
Omoyele Sowore, the human rights activist, has filed a lawsuit against businessman and former lawmaker, Ned Nwoko, and the Nigeria Police Force over his illegal arrest and detention last Thursday, according to SaharaReporters.
Among other things, Sowore is asking for an apology to be published in two reputable national daily newspapers for the violation of his fundamental rights and N200 million as damages for the violation of his rights.
Sowore was illegally arrested by the police on the Court of Appeal premises on the alleged orders of Nwoko over some trumped-up allegations.
The suit is between Omoyele Sowore and the Nigeria Police Force as the first respondent, the Inspector-General of Police as the second respondent, the Commissioner of Police, Abuja and Ned Munir Nwoko as the third and fourth respondents respectively.
The suit is praying the court for the following reliefs, “b) A DECLARATION that the detention of the Applicant on the 24th day of February, 2022, from the hour of 4pm in the afternoon to around 9pm in the night, by Officers of the 1st Respondent, acting under the instructions and authorization of the 2nd and 3rd Respondents respectively, over publications allegedly made by Sahara Reporters, a legal entity, separate and distinct from the Applicant, amounts to a breach of the Applicant’s right to personal liberty and freedom of movement as guaranteed under Sections 35(1) and 41(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (As Amended) and Articles 6 and 12 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement)Act, Cap A9, LFN 2004and as such illegal and unconstitutional;