4 MEN DETAINED BY THE NIGERIAN ARMY SINCE JANUARY 2016 SUES TO ENFORCE THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS

Some Nigerians have dragged the Nigerian army to court.

The men – Osisomo Ake, Daboy Clinton, Ebikimi Mathew and Bubaiyenumubofa James – filed a suit againsy tne Nigerian army before a Federal Capital Territory High Court.

The applicants in their suit accused the Nigerian army of illegally arresting them in Okaki Community in Rivers sometimes in January 2016.

The counsel representing one of the individuals Gabriel Egbule said his clients were arrested on allegation of terrorism and vandalism of oil pipelines in the area.

Egbule said his clients were flown to Abuja from Rivers state in August 2016 and have been in detention since them.

Egbule said: “The army is now being charged to court for breach and enforcement of fundamental human right because it failed to charge the applicants since they were arrested.”

At the hearing today, January 30, one of the applicants’ lawyer Osaze Ebie told the court that the defendant had served a notice of preliminary objection on the matter.you

He also said he had relied with a counter objection.

However, counsel to the defendant Bala Adukwu sought a leave of the court to enable him study the applicant’s reply.

He said issues raised by the applicant needed time to respond.

Adukwu said that new issues were raised by the applicants and that the defendant needed more time to react to the issues.

Having heard the submissions and arguments Justice Vera Venda adjourned the matter to Wednesday, February 15, for hearing of the preliminary objection.

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