Court orders SSS to allow doctors access ex-director detained for alleged closeness to Magu

SSS Officials

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Friday, ordered the State Security Service, SSS, to allow its former director, Abba Mohammed, access to his physician, family members and counsel.

PREMIUM TIMES reported how Mr. Mohammed was arrested and is being detained without trial for over 50 days due to his alleged closeness to Ibrahim Magu, the chairman of the anti-graft agency, EFCC.

Despite heading two major security institutions of the state, Mr. Magu and the Director General of the SSS, Lawal Daura, are involved in some cold war that analysts believe go beyond their professional duties.

On Friday, Justice B.O. Quadri directed that the detainee should be allowed to have his “special diet’’ since he was diabetic.

The judge gave the order following a fundamental human rights enforcement suit filed against the Director-General of SSS and Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Mr. Mohammed’s counsel, Samuel Ogala, had told the court that his client was critically ill and in need of his medication and access to his personal physician.

In the application, Mr. Ogala also prayed the court to order the SSS to release his client or charge him to court.

The application could, however, not be heard as counsel to the SSS, Michael Ubi, had asked for time to respond to some of the processes served on him by the applicant’s counsel in court.

He told the court that Mr. Mohammed was being detained on orders of Justice Yusuf Halilu of the FCT High Court.

According to him, the order is still subsisting.

Consequently, Mr. Ogala made an oral application for the court to allow his client access to his medication, doctors, lawyers and family members.

Justice Quadri granted the application since it was not opposed by Mr. Ubi.

The judge transferred the case to the central registry for re-assignment as the court’s vacation ended on Friday.

The former director was arrested by SSS operatives on July 17 and has been held in its custody.

He approached the court seeking a declaration that his detention without being charged to court for any offence was illegal and unconstitutional.

He said that the detention violated his fundamental rights to personal liberty, dignity of person and fair hearing as enshrined in Section 34, 35 and 36 of the Constitution.

Mr. Mohammed is also seeking declaration that his detention without access to his medical doctors, drugs, family and lawyers, since July 17 till date was illegal and unconstitutional.

He urged the court to order for his immediate and unconditional release and compel the SSS to pay him N2 billion as general and aggravated damages for illegal violation of his fundamental human rights.

He also asked the court for an order compelling the SSS to publish in five national dailies a public apology to him for two weeks for the violation of his rights.

The former director prayed for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the SSS from further violating his rights.



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