Court orders SSS to unseal APC data office

A Federal High Court in Lagos, Wednesday, ordered the State Security Service, SSS, to unseal the warehouse used by the All Progressives Congress, APC, as data centre.

Justice Mohammed Yunusa also granted an interim order restraining the SSS from further shutting party’s data office or taking any step in connection with the property pending the determination of the substantive suit.

SSS operatives had, last weekend, raided the building which the opposition party said was its data office at Allen Avenue, Lagos, arresting workers and confiscating documents and computer hard drives.

The SSS said its action was based on a petition it received alleging “unwholesome activities” inside the building.

“Based on this information, the service placed the building under surveillance and having been convinced that some unwholesome activities were going on in the building, it undertook a raid of the premises,” the SSS said in a statement Sunday.

But the APC insists that the building was used for the collation of its members’ data.

On Wednesday, the party, and its staff still under detention at the SSS office, filed an action before the court seeking an enforcement of their fundamental rights.

In their application, the detained APC staff said they were only carrying out their legitimate duties of inputting data from the APC’s physical membership form into a digital database.

In its assertion, the party said the action of the SSS in forcefully entering its data centre and vandalizing its physical and digital assets was a violation of its right to property.

The APC also stated that the “brazen conduct” of the SSS and the Nigerian Police not only sought to intimidate the party’s staff and members, but also compromised the confidential information of millions of Nigerians who volunteered their personal information in accepting the party’s membership.

The judge granted leave to the applicants to serve court processes to the respondents – the Nigerian police and the SSS – by substituted service, at their Lagos offices.

The judge also ordered the respondents to produce the detained applicants (Chinedu Atuche, Fayemi Olaposi, Chika Augustine Onuchukwu, Ebun Ilori, and Esther Enemuwe) in court at the next adjourned date.

Hearing of the matter was adjourned till November 28th.


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  • The Observer

    We need to vote out this tyrannical government. After 16 yrs of utter failure and incompetence, I don’t care who you vote for, but let’s vote out PDP. It is a sign of insanity to do the same thing for 16 yrs and expect a different result.

    • Dan Arewa

      You are correct.

    • Kolawole Obafemi

      APC has to do something fast about those documents stolen from its data center by PDP invading force if it does not want names of millions of its registered members to disappear from voters records and be rigged out of the 2015 elections

      • Sword of Damocles

        Dead ON! that sir, is the impetus for the actions of President PHD’s secret police. The utility of this unconstitutional raid was in aiding PDP’s plan to rig by PVC fraud (“millions of its registered members to disappear from voters records” ). Very problematic indeed.

  • Night Crawler

    PDP are political arms of DSS who are suppose to be neutral in politics. They have bring our democracy so low to the extent, blindman can feel the the impunity, deaf man can see the corruption. Only APC can help Nigeria with the help of God

  • MR TEEJAY

    When a government runs out of ideas and is hard bent on continuing in power, they tend to which-hunt the opposition mainly to frustrate their effort. What an unpopular government we have here? Anyway, their days are numbered.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      The SSS did a marvellous job…you see,scientific evidence does not lie,it ridicules cynics like you. If the APC were cloning voter’s cards and the hard-drives confiscated from their offices contain enough evidence to support that position then the APC is finished.
      The charges may be serious and it does establish a picture of institutionalised criminality within the party !!

  • karl marx

    Most times i keep asking myself this question; are we DEMOCRATIC Country or in a military dispensation? If yes,its democracy, why is Jonathan threatening his opponents with the police in all circumstances? Is this how it’s being done in the US and other developed world? why are different? If Jonathan does not travel to other countries,at least he listen to news. Did Jonathan have advisers at all? CRAZY!

    2015 is the year,please vote wisely in order to ousted this ugly government because it’s a threat to our national image world over. Chai..chai chai,there is God ooh!

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  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Nothing is impossible….one of those Tinubu controlled courts can deliver any injunction any time !

  • favourtalk

    Imagine, that woman in DSS can lie, thought she was on air saying the premises cannot be identified as APC secretatriat, what am I seeing from the picture up there now?? What a shame that she get her directives from the Oga at the top and deliver it appropriately but she has forgotten that she won’t last because 2015 is near