Thursday, 2 April 2015

APC drags Dokpesi, Nigeria Army to court

The Edo State chapter of the APC and some other persons have dragged the Nigerian Army, Chief Raymond Dokpesi and two others to the Federal High Court in Benin for allegedly harassing, the detention, and the denial of fundamental human rights, among others, by some unknown soldiers, allegedly on the orders of Dokpesi during last presidential and national assembly elections in Etsako West local government area of Edo state.

In the case with suit number FHC/B/CS/66/15, signed by Counsel to the Applicant, Hilary Oshomah, Mogaji wants a perpetual injunction against the respondents from "Further arresting, detaining, intimidating, harassing, kidnapping, abducting or in any manner infringing on the fundamental rights of the respective Applicants and members of 1st‎ Applicant's household connecting, concerning, pertaining, relating from the masterminding and instigating of the 4th Respondent."

The claimants are demanding for N500 million damage from the 1st respondent and N20 million against the 3rd and 4th Respondents jointly and severally in favour of each of 2nd to 5th Respondents for wrongful, illegal, unlawful kidnapping, abduction, forceful torture, degrading and inhuman treatment, detention, hostage, captivity and false imprisonment of the 2nd‎ to 5th applicants.

Oshomah was in Benin City to formally report the incident at the state Command of the Nigerian Police. He told journalists that the soldiers were acting on instructions from a top politician who is not from the area but came with soldiers on election day to supervise the disruption of the election process.

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