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Army sued for arresting wife of a soldier who berated Buratai

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Lance Corporal Martins Idakpani,

Mrs. Victoria Idakpini, the wife of a soldier and her spouse, Lance Corporal Martins Idakpani, has charged the Nigerian Military, the Chief of Army Staff, and the Attorney-General of the Federation for violation of fundamental human rights.

Mrs. Idakpini was apprehended last almost a week after her husband, Lance Corporal Idakpani, criticized the Lt.Gen Tukur Buratai and the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, in a viral video on circulated on social media.

According to the video retrieved by Scannews24, the trooper was called on his chiefs to relinquish duty as they had ceased to function within the battle against terrorism.

In the suit documented by their Lawyer, Mr. Tope Akinyode on their behalf, the applicants are pursuing an injunction to force the respondents to release her immediately.

The partners, in a supporting affidavit filed on their behalf by one Apeh Abuchi, stated that they had been denied access to a lawyer and had not been enlightened of the apparent crime they committed since their arrest last week.

In a signed statement on Monday, Akinyode, who’s the National President, Revolutionary Lawyers’ Forum, interpreted the ongoing detention as unlawful.

The lawyer stated in a press release, “We’ve just filed an action at the Federal High Court against the Nigerian Army, Chief of Army Staff and the Attorney of the Federation of Nigeria over the unlawful arrest and detention of Lance Corporal Martins and his wife, Mrs. Victoria Idakpini.

“On June 23, 2020, the Nigerian Army arrested Lance Corporal Martins for being critical of the army chief of staff over the handling of security crises and lack of adequate amenities to battle terrorism.

“We’re of the considered view that the continued detention of Lance Corporal Martins violates his fundamental human rights much as it violates the extant provisions of the Armed Forces Act.

“Unfortunately, the Nigerian Army displayed a higher degree of despotism on June 25 when it illegally arrested and has continued to detain the wife of Lance Corporal Martins, Mrs. Victoria Idakpini leaving her three children- twins of two-years-old and another who just clocked three – to the care of no one.”

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SOURCE: Scannews24.com
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