NGO sues DG SSS, Enugu Attorney over unlawful detention


From Gideon Arinze, Enugu

A Non Governmental Organization, the Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRRAN), has filed a suit against the Director General, State Security Service (DGSSS), Mr. Lawal Musa Daura and the Attorney General of Enugu State, Barrister Meletus Eze over the alleged unlawful detention of one Mr Shuaibu Abdullahi, a trader at New Artisan Market, Enugu who was taken into custody at the State Security Service (SSS) office for an unspecified offence on the 19th of August, 2015.

The suit stated that an appeal was made through a petition to the DGSSS Enugu office on the 6th of September seeking the immediate release of the arrestee but got no response from  the State Security to that effect.

The arrestee, a native of Bauchi State was also said to have complained to the leadership of the New Artisan Market and of the Northan community in Enugu, but all efforts proved abortive as the SSS said it was still investigating the matter.

The president of the NGO, Mr. Olu Omotayo, described the act as a mockery of democracy.

"There is no descent democracy in the world where a citizen is detained for an undisclosed offence without trial for over a year" he said.
He added that the act, "constitutes a flagrant violation of the applicants fundamental rights guaranteed under S 34, 35 and 36(2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and articles 5,6 and 7 of the Africa charter on Human and Peoples' Rights and  is therefore illegal, unconstitutional, null and void"

He appealed to appropriate authority for the immediate release of the arrestee, adding that no date for the hearing of the suit has been fixed.

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