Unlawful detention: Court Slams DSS N5m Fine Over Nnamdi Kanu’s Associate, Chimezie Detention

Unlawful detention:  Court Slams DSS N5m Fine Over  Nnamdi Kanu’s Associate, Chimezie Detention
Chris Steven
The Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State has ordered the Department of State Service, DSS to release a member of Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, Bright Chimezie who was arrested last year by the Service in the state.
 Giving the ruling on Wednesday in Uyo in a fundamental human right suit filed by his lawyer, Ifeanyi Ejiofor, against the DSS, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu held that it was illegal and unconstitutional to have arrested and detained him in a secret cell by the DSS without trial or bail.
The judge said his arrest and continued detention since October 14, 2016 was a gross violation of his rights to freedom of liberty, dignity of human person, presumption of innocence and freedom of movement.
Justice Ojukwu consequently ordered the SSS to pay the sum of N5million to Chimezie as damages for the violation of his fundamental human rights.
While speaking on the ruling, Chimezie’s counsel, Ifeanyi Ejiofor described the decision of the court as a land mark noting that the IPOB chief has been detained by the DSS without being charged to court or granted bail.
“I believe that the DSS will comply with the court order and release him as well as pay the damages awarded by the court. In fact, they don’t have any option than to pay, otherwise, we will file a contempt proceeding against them” Ejiofor said
It would be recalled that IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, had lamented what he described as illegal detention of Chimezie in a DSS secret cell.
Powerful said IPOB was also worried about their members languishing in Port Harcourt prisons and the state CID headquarters.
“Nevertheless, we expect the Nigerian government and her security agencies to do the needful, either to release them on bail or charge them to court without further delay, if they are still alive in their custody” he said .