Nurse sues SSS over illegal detention, demands N10m compensation

The Chief Nursing Officer at Barau Dikko General Hospital in Kaduna, Sulaiman Ibrahim, has dragged the State Security Service, SSS, to court for forceful arrest and detention at the latter’s office in Kaduna.

The motion was moved on September 20 before the Kaduna High Court.

The  Nursing Officer ,in the motion signed by his lawyer, Tajudeen Oladoja, and copied to the Attorney-General of the Federation as the 2nd respondent, applied to the court to order the SSS to pay the sum of N10 million as general damages him for the violation of his constitutional rights.

In addition, he applied to the court to order the security service to publish a written apology to him and the management of the hospital in a widely circulated newspaper.

Mr. Suleiman is accusing the SSS of forceful arrest and of also whisking him away in handcuffs, at hands and legs, by its agents who subsequently detained him at the SSS Office in Kaduna for seven hours on March 1.

“About 10:00am on the 1st day of March, 2012 in the course of the Applicant’s duties while fully dressed up to go into theater for surgery of patients, three fully armed men who identified themselves as officers of the State Security Service Kaduna office, stormed the Main Theatre of Barau Dikko Hospital Kaduna and prevented him from going into the theatre to perform his duties,” the motion read

The motion states that the security official’s action contravenes the applicant’s fundamental rights to dignity of human person and personal liberty, and is accordingly unconstitutional and illegal.

Counsel to the security service, Dari Bayero, in his opening defence during the hearing, admitted that the applicant, Suleiman Ibrahim, was actually arrested and detained in error for only three hours.

He, however, denied that the applicant was handcuffed on both hands and legs and mal-treated during the arrest.

The presiding judge, Muazu Aliyu, adjourned the case to October 2 for further hearing.

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