By Innocent Anaba
RETIREES of the agencies under Federal Ministry of Aviation, have instituted a N10.2 billion fundamental rights suit against the agencies, before a Lagos Federal High Court, over alleged illegal and forceful eviction from their quarters.
The applicants in the suit; Oni Babatunde, Moshood Jimoh, Temitope Tubi, Nwoke Ogbonna, and Bryank Kaduru, and 35 others, are former employees of Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA and Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria FAAN.
Respondents in the suit are Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, FAAN, Director-General of NCAA, Director-General FAAN, Director-General of NAMA, Commissioner of Police, Lagos State and Inspector-General of Police.
The applicants, in an originating summons in suit marked FHC/L/CS/1135/16, filed and argued before the court by their counsel, Mr. Olukoya Ogungbeje, are seeking a declaration that their arrest, harassment, detention by the Lagos state Commissioner of Police and IG at the instigation of respondents on August 6, 2016, without any cause of lawful excuse is wrongful, illegal unlawful, unconstitutional, null and void, as it violates their fundamental rights as enshrined under sections 33,34,35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The applicants are also seeking for an order compelling the respondents jointly and severally to pay the sum of N10.2 billion to the applicants and other respondents being general and exemplary damages for their unlawful and wrongful arrest, detention, forceful invasion and eviction without any court order and an order reinstating and restoring them back to their residential houses forthwith, being the cost for instituting the suit.
The applicants also seek an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents, jointly and severally, their officers, agents, servants, privies or howsoever called and connected from arresting, intimidating, harassing, humiliating, detaining, evicting or disturbing them in any manner whatsoever on any fact connected with or related to the facts of the matter.
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