A former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami for allegedly violating his fundamental rights as a Nigerian.
Recall that operatives of the anti-graft agency last Tuesday, forcefully gained entrance into the home of the Senator representing Imo West after hours of laying siege to his residence in Maitama, Abuja.
EFCC claimed the commission had to force their way into his home after he jumped an administrative bail and failed to honour their invitations.
In the court document obtained by VANTAGE NEWS, Okorocha is sueing the agency and Malami for depriving him and his family access to their private and family life by surrounding his home with armed operatives.
Okorocha’s counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), who filed the suit, prayed the court to award his client N1 billion for damages and to tender a public apology.
He also asked the court for perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from arresting, or keeping him in custody.
See details of the court document below.
“A DECLARATION that the siege over the house of the Applicant, at No. 3 Nyasa Close Mississippi, Of Ontario Crescent Abuja, by the officers and men of the 1st Respondentson 24th May, 2022, without any legal justification whatsoever, thereby denying the Application his Constitutional rights to private family life is unconstitutional, illegal, wrongful and a flagrant abuse of the fundamental rights of the Applicant contrary to Section 33, 35, 37,38 and 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended).
“2. A DECLARATION that the seige over the house of the Applicant at No. 3 Nyasa Close, Mississippi, Off Ontario Crescent, Abuja, by the officers and men of the 1st Respondent on the the 24th May, 2022, without any legal justification whatsoever, thereby depriving the Applicant, freedom of movement and also denying the Applicant’s family members, political colleagues, friends and well wishers access to the Applicant, is illegal, wrongful, unconstitutional and amounts to an abuse of the fundamental rights of the Applicant as provided for under Section 34 and 35 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Article II of the African Charter on Human and People’s Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Acts, Cap 10, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.
“3. A Declaration that the attempt on the life of the Applicant, by the 1st Respondent through the officers working under them, who shot sporadically at the Applicant’s compound broke into the Applicant’s home through the roof top all the way into his bedroom and immediately apprehended the Applicant’s family members phones, including that of the Applicant on the 24th May, 2022, is illegal, unlawful, wrongful, unconscionable, unconstitutional and constitute a flagrant and reckless violation and or threat to violate the Applicant’s right to life, as provided for under, Section 33 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999(as altered).”
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