Dino Melaye: Egalitarian Mission drags police, FG to court, seeks N50m compensation

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By Evans Omoregbe

An International Civil Society Organization, Egalitarian Mission For Africa (EMA) has dragged the Inspector General of Police and the Attorney General Of the Federation representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria to The Federal High Court, Abuja for the enforcement of Senator Dino Melaye Fundamental Rights.

In a suit in which a copy of the processes filed before the court, EMA seeks the following relief for Senator Dino;

1. A DECLARATION that the invitation, arrest, harassment, public ridicule and detention of Senator Dino Melaye by officers and men of the 1st and 2nd Respondents without any lawful justification is unlawful, illegal and unconstitutional.

2. AN ORDER directing the 1stand 2nd Respondents to release Senator Dino Melaye forthwith on self recognizance being a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who is presumed innocent of any allegation leveled against him until proven guilty of same.

3. AN ORDER of perpetual injunction restraining the Respondents, jointly and severally, whether by themselves, their agents, privies, servants however called from any further unlawful harassment, intimidation, threat, disturbance, arrest or detention of Senator Dino Melaye in any manner whatsoever on the set of facts giving rise to this application.

4. AN ORDER compelling the Respondents to pay, jointly and severally to Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West, the sum of N50,000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) only being damages for the unlawful and unconstitutional violation of the Senator Dino Melaye’s fundamental rights.

5. AND FOR SUCH further or other orders as this Honourable Court may deem fit to make in the circumstance of this suit and/or application.

In the suit endorsed by Dr. Kayode Ajulo as lead counsel and other seven lawyers, EMA claims that

a. Fundamental rights as contained in the 1999 Constitution as amended are basic and ought to be respected by all.

b. The 1st and 2nd Respondents are only being used by the powers that be in Nigeria to oppress Senator Dino Melaye and publicly disgrace him.

c. The arrest and detention of Senator Dino Melaye in view of the facts and circumstances of this case constitute a violation of the Fundamental Right Provisions contained in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As amended) and Articles 4, 5,6,12 and 14 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act, Revised Laws of the Federation and without lawful justification.

d. The Applicant is entitled to the enjoyment of and the protection of his Fundamental Human Rights by this Honourable Court as guaranteed under the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended).

e. Applicant is entitled to legal remedy in form of Declaration and damages against the Respondents jointly and severally for the violation of Senator Dino’s constitutional and legal rights.