Nigerian human rights activist, formal presidential candidate and founder of Sahara Reporters, Omoleye Sowore sued the Department of State Security Services (DSS) over his arrest and continued detention which took place on August 3, 2019. Sowore has requested the court to order the DSS to settle him a whopping sum of five hundred million naira (N500m) for the unlawful detention and infringing on his fundamental human rights. The American based Nigerian activist requested in a suit marked FHC/ABJ /C51409/2019 dated 20th November, 2019 in Abuja, Friday the 22 Nov. 19.
It states, “A declaration that the detention of the applicant from November 7, 2019 till date in violation of the order for his release made on November 6, 2019 is illegal as it violates his fundamental right to liberty guaranteed by Section 35 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) and Article 6 of African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement Act (CAP A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
“An order of this court compelling the respondents to pay to the applicant the sum of N500,000, 000, 00 (Five hundred million naira) as general and aggravated damages for the illegal violation of the applicant’s fundamental right to life, dignity of his person, fair hearing, health, freedom of movement and freedom of association.
“An order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further violating the applicant’s fundamental rights in any manner whatsoever and however without lawful justification.”
Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), is joined in the suit.
Sowore was arrested and detained in Lagos on the 3rd of August, 2019 for the following reasons “for threatening public safety, peaceful co-existence and social harmony in the country.”