ENDSARS BIGGEST LAWSUIT
Relief finally came to the people of Nigeria as Lagos based Human Rights Lawyer, Mr. Joe Nwokedi, slams the Federal Government of Nigeria, the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, the Nigeria Police Force, Nigerian Army, Lai Mohammed and 17 others, with a 50 Billion Naira Suit for their Human Right abuses and molestation of Nigerians during and after the ENDSARS protests.
The Lagos-based Fiery Human Rights Lawyer, Mr. Joe Nwokedi, proceeded to Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos State, to seek a judicial pronouncement over the activities of some state actors and their agencies over the issue of the ENDSARS protest.
According to the Human Rights Lawyer, he has filed a 50 Billion Naira suit against the Federal Government, the Nigerian Police, Nigerian Army, Central Bank Governor, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and 17 other Respondents over their unlawful roles and violations of the rights of the people of Nigeria during and after the ENDSARS protests. Mr. Nwokedi decided to take the issue to Court, so the court would address the issue and make a judicial pronouncement on certain actions of the Respondents which he considers a violation of his right, as the applicant and a citizen of Nigeria, as well as other citizens of Nigeria that their inalienable Fundamental Rights were violated and trampled upon by the state actors and their agents.
In the said suit, Mr. Nwokedi seeks a declamatory order of the court to restrain the Federal Government of Nigeria, Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Army, Central Bank Governor, Alhaji Lai Mohammed and 17 other Respondents to cease henceforth from tormenting, harassing, brutalizing, killing, threatening, freezing the bank accounts, banning of protests, unlawful arrests, detentions and malicious prosecution of Nigerians, etc over their participation in the ENDSARS protests amongst numerous others, as they amount to a gross violation and an infringement of the Fundamental Rights of the people of Nigeria as clearly and unambiguously encapsulated in Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
Mr. Nwokedi also sought an order of a Perpetual injunctio n by the Honourable court, restraining the Respondents either by themselves, their agents, privies, servants, representatives from further harassing, banning, threatening, molesting or infringing on the rights of Nigerians to a peaceful protest.
The Human Rights Lawyer finally asked the Honourable court to award the cost of 50 Billion Naira, as Exemplary, Aggravated and General damages against the Respondents for their illegalities, harassments, intimidations, killings, violation of the rights of Nigerians, gagging of free speech, unlawful freezing of accounts, malicious arrests, detentions and prosecutions , molestations and other illegalities, inclusive of mental torture and emotional trauma suffered by himself and other citizens of Nigeria as a result of the action of the Respondents, her privies, representatives, agents and servants.
The suit has been filed at the Federal High Court, Ikoyi Lagos State and the hearing shall commence on a sooner date.
Other Respondents in the matter are:
- *ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE FEDERATION
- INSPECTOR-GENERAL OF POLICE (IGP)
- NIGERIAN ARMED FORCE
- CHIEF OF ARMY STAFF
- MR. ADAMU GARBA
- LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
- ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF LAGOS STATE
- IMO STATE GOVERNMENT
- ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF IMO STATE
- RIVERS STATE GOVERNMENT
- ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF RIVERS STATE
- PLATEAU STATE GOVERNMENT
- ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF PLATEAU STATE
- LAGOS STATE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE
- NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
- NIGERIAN BROADCASTING COMMISSION
- NIGERIAN TELEVISION AUTHORITY