Osun Election: 700 APC members sue Army, Police, SSS over arrest

Seven hundred members of All Progressives Congress, APC, have instituted about 24 fundamental rights enforcement applications against the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Police Force, NPF, and the State Security Service, SSS, claiming a total of N47.2 billion as damages for their arrest, detention and brutalization during the August 9 governorship election in Osun State.

Among the applicants are the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Lai Mohammed; National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire; Attorney General of Osun State, Wale Afolabi; and the Commissioner for Agriculture, Wale Adedoyin.

Others are the Regent of Iloko Ijesha, Sola Ogunsanya; member representing Ilesha West in the Osun State House of Assembly; Folarin Fafowora, a businessman; and Tijani Oladosu.

In the originating motions filed on their behalf by Femi Falana, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, at the Federal High Court, Osogbo, Osun State, the applicants, who came from more than 20 local government areas of the state prayed for the following orders:

-A declaration that the arrest and detention of the applicants by officers of the Respondents on the 8th and 9th days of August, 2014 is unconstitutional, illegal, null and void and in violation of the Applicant’s fundamental right to personal liberty as guaranteed by
sections 34 and 35 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and Articles 5 and 6 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, Cap A9, LFN, 2004.

-A declaration that the arrest and manhandling of the applicants by officers of the Respondents on the 8th and 9th days of August, 2014 constitute a violation of the Applicants’ freedom from torture, inhuman and degrading treatment as guaranteed by Section 34 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.

-A declaration that the prevention of the Applicants from participating in the governorship election that took place on Saturday the 9th day of August, 2014 and voting for the candidate(s) of their choice is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates Articles 13(1)
and 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Cap. A9, LFN 2004.

They also sought “an Order directing the Respondents to pay aggravated damages/compensation in the sum of N100, 000,000.00 (One Hundred Million Naira) to each Applicant and tender public apology to each of the Applicants for the aforesaid illegal and unconstitutional violations of the Applicants’ fundamental rights.”

Some of the applicants said they were arrested on the night that preceded the Election Day, stripped naked and severely beaten by the officials of the Respondents.

They also said they were detained in different places until the election was over on August 9, 2014 and as a result were not allowed to participate in and vote for the candidates of their choices.

The applicants alleged that they were all arrested because of their membership of APC and support for the governor of the state, Rauf Aregbesola, who was the candidate of the party in the election.

Lamenting their ordeal, Mr. Afolabi said it was “an indication that the democratic process still has a long way to go.”

The chairman of the APC in Osun State had told PREMIUM TIMES last week that about 50 of the party faithful were still in detention several days after the election.

Media reports had put the number of security personnel deployed by the Federal Government in Osun State during the election at over 65,000.

They were drawn from the Nigerian Army, NPF, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, and the SSS, whose members were hooded.

The massive deployment raised suspicion in some quarters that it was meant to provide support for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, which controls the Federal Government.

Both President Goodluck Jonathan and the Acting Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, had defended the action, saying it was meant to forestall malpractices and breakdown of law and order.

The National Assembly has initiated an amendment to the Electoral Act to limit the roles of the military to “securing the distribution and delivery of electoral materials.”

Speaking at the public hearing conducted by the House of Representatives Committee on Electoral Matters last week, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega, said the proposed law would ensure that a level-playing field was provided for all participants in the electoral process.

He added that the law was in agreement with what obtains all over the world.


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  • TRUTH MASTER

    This is long overdue. Let the courts make a pronouncement on the needless harassment of the opposition by security agencies!

    • redeem

      Nigerian Made The British To Leave, What Is The Fulanis From Guinea Doing In Nigeria. – Alhaji Mujahid Asari Dokubo:

      **Ilorin is a Yoruba city, Emir of Ilorin is a Fulani. Bida is a Nupe town, Emir of Bida is a Fulani. Birnin Gwari is a Gbagi town, the Emir of Birnin Gwari is a Fulani. Why?

      Boko Haram is not fighting for anything other than the seizure of political power by the Fulani people. They are using Kanuri territory to perpetrate the evil, but the main people instigating this bloodletting are the Fulani from Futa Djallon. We know where they came from. They are colonialists and if we made the British to leave, what are these people doing here? They are also colonialists.

      You have to reflect and ask yourself some questions.

      Kano is a Hausa city, the Emir of Kano is not a Hausa man; he is a Fulani. Ilorin is a Yoruba city, the Emir of Ilorin is a Fulani. Bida is a Nupe town, the Emir of Bida is a Fulani. Birnin Gwari is a Gbagi town, the Emir of Birnin Gwari is a Fulani. The Lamido of Adamawa who is residing in Yola is a Fulani, who claims he has other Fulanis in Cameroon and other places. These are not Fulani cities. We know where they all came from

      • Political Threshold

        what impression is the DSS trying send to the public by claiming rejection of stipend from APC, it only shows how greedy and insincere the agency is, for accepting bigger offer from PDP to have influenced mass rigging in Life region which was grossly below value required to subvert the success of APC in the poll, but this issue of rejected bribe is now used to blackmail APC without telling the world how much bribe was collected from PDP to carry on this propaganda warfare.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Falana, you will continue to smell to the bank at the expense of idiots. This is one case you know you can never win.

    • Richard

      Are you the judge? Why do you think he can not win. Under the constitution of the country, every citizen’s fundamental human rights should be protected. If the evidence(s) is there why would they not win if indeed there is due process of law in Nigeria.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        So no due process of law in Nigeria ? Outer space citizen
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Adeyi

          And that’s exactly what they have done, Blackie! They’ve gone to court in exercise of their rights. That’s the rule of law, man from inner space!

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Here you go again. Your brother in crime said there is no rule of law and I said there is. Where is your confusion from Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Richard

          There you go again. You are indeed the citizen of outer space because if you know Nigeria very well you will never claim there is rule of law. Where there is no rule of law, there can be no due process. I will urge you to at least once a while tell your pay master the true situation of things . Why did you sell off your conscience ?

          • BlackieUmukoro

            Let me leave you in your state of permanent confusion
            Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

          • Hope

            Richard Blackie is saying the minds of typical PDP members who believe that what ever atrocities and criminality PDP does the courts will endorse it or the Judge be sacked. I refer you to Justice Salamis case.

  • redeem

    The Department for State SECURITY Services (DSS) said the rejection of N14
    Million from governor Rauf Aregbeshola and the All Progressives Congress
    (APC) by its operatives in Osun state is responsible for the recent MEDIA
    ATTACK on the on the DSS.

    Spokesperson of the DSS Marilyn Ogar MADE the revelation today while
    briefing newsmen in Abuja TODAY.

    “The APC is making unfounded allegations on the DSS because our OPERATIVE
    rejected at total of N14 million extended to its officials.

    “They had requested the DSS to come and COLLECT N4 million for himself
    while N10 Million should be given to the boys , but our OPERATIVES
    rejected the offer.”

    ” Politicians can not entice our operatives with MONEY , we are well paid
    by the federal government so no body can entice us with MONEY no matter
    the amount. We are paid upfront before embaking on such operations; we
    spent N200 million preparing for the election so let no politician think
    they can entice us with MONEY.–Dem wan hide am abi

    • ige folorunsho

      Stop posting nonsense. Marilyn ogar should give us proof not just alleging lies. Arresting members of the opposition is partisan period. Useless SSS people.

  • TopeLamas

    Dats d right thing to do, our fundamental right shudnt b taken for granted. Somebody should stand nd fight for d pple. ?. Good way to go apc