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Human Rights Activist Sues Minister Of Transportation To Court Over Alleged Threat To Life

A Rivers State based human rights activist, Mr. Onengiya Erekosima has dragged the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi before the Federal High court ,Abuja, over alleged threat to life and rights violation. 

The Minister was sued alongside the Inspector General of Police, IGP, by the plaintiff who accused them of threatening his life and unjustly violating his fundermental human rights.

In the suit, filed by Mr. Samuel Nwosu on his behalf, the Plaintiff asked the court to compel Amaechi and IGP to pay him N200M as compensation for the harassment and intimidation he suffered in the hands of the defendants unjustly over the years

Amongst other reliefs, the plaintiff also sought an order of injunction restraining the respondents, their servants, agents, officers and men from further harassing, molesting, intimidating and threatening him in any manner whatsoever that is likely to threaten the breach of his fundamental rights under Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. 

Erekosima in the affidavit made available further alleged that the 1st Respondents on becoming aware that he had relocated to Abuja, engaged officers of the defunct Special Armed Robbery Squad SARS, to search, arrest and silence him, causing him to go into hiding. 

However, Amaechi’s lawyer, Bolaji Oyun pleaded with the court to regularize his counter affidavit.

Wisdom Madaki who stood for the IGP,  informed the court that he was ready to adopt his preliminary objection to the suit. 

Consequently, the trial judge, Justice Binta Nyako granted request for adjustment and adjourned until the 9th of next month for hearing.

By Victoria Abah 

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