2 persons drag IGP, 7 others to court, seek enforcement of fundamental rights 

Two persons, Rukhayat Ahmed Abbeyson and Lauratu Ahmed, have asked a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to give an order for the enforcement of their fundamental rights as guaranteed by the 199 Constitution (as amended).

In the applicant suit with number FHC/ABJ/CS/604/2024, the duo of Ahmed Abbeyson and Lauratu Ahmed joined the Inspector General of Police and seven others as respondents.

The other seven are: Commissioner of Police, FCT Police Command, CSP Gambo Jimeta, DSP Yahaya Musa, Inspector Mathew Ejah, Inspector Adamu Emmanuel, Inspector Usman Bappah and Halima Suleiman.

Among others, the applicants are seeking the court’s declaration that they are entitled to the protection of their fundamental rights to personal liberty, rights to dignity of human person and rights to fair hearing as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) as well as the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

They are also seeking a declaration that the respondents either acting directly or through their subordinates or anybody whatsoever, have no right or vires whatsoever in law and under the Constitution and the African Charter to assault, harass, humiliate, threaten, intimidate, torture and detain the applicants without following the due process of the law.

The applicants are, therefore, seeking a court order that the 2nd-7th respondents, having regard to their functions under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Police Act and their harassments, humiliations, intimidation and detention of the applicants from the 25th day of March 2024 to 22nd day of April 2024 are no longer fit to continue to serve the nation as police officers or any other positions whatsoever.

Abbeyson and Ahmed also want an order restraining the respondents by themselves, their officers, servants, agents and privies from the continued arrest, restraint, detention, witch-hunt, harassment, intimidation and persecution of the applicants and further impugn of their fundamental rights.

Meanwhile, no date has been fixed for hearing of the suit.