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Rights abuse: Lawyer drags Governor Sambo, SSS to court

The case was filed at the Federal High Court, Kaduna by counsel to the applicant, Barrister Ugo Udoji. The Director General of SSS,  the Kaduna…

The case was filed at the Federal High Court, Kaduna by counsel to the applicant, Barrister Ugo Udoji. The Director General of SSS,  the Kaduna State director of SSS, Governor Sambo and the state Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice were joined as first, second, third and fourth respondents respectively.

It would be recalled that the activist, had last December, dragged the state government and the state House of Assembly to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged criminal conspiracy and misappropriation of N153 billion 2009 budgetary allocation. The situation has created unease in the state.   

Sadau, in his submission to the court, via case file number FHC/KD/CS/19/2010, claimed that he was detained and interrogated by the SSS on 14, 18 and 19 of January, 2010, where he was “subjected to utter degrading and inhuman treatment by being kept and interrogated in the office of the 2nd respondent based on a frivolous complaint by the 3rd respondent.”

He said that the SSS “harassed, intimidated and detained me based on the belief that I was inciting members of the public against the Government of Kaduna State under the leadership of the 3rd respondent.”

The applicant asked the court for N10 million damages. He also prayed the court for an order for the enforcement of his fundamental rights as enshrined under SS.34, 35 and 41 of the 1999 constitution and directing that the order operates as a stay against his further arrest and detention. The court adjourned to 8 February, 2010 where the applicant shall be heard.


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