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Detained Boko Haram Suspects Drag FG To Court, Demand N303m

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A number of suspected terrorists of the rampaging Boko Haram insurgents have decided to settle their prolonged detention in court years later.

The suspected militants who have spent closely twelve in Lagos State prison approached the state’s Federal High to set aside their detention without trial and declare it illegal and unconstitutional.

Speaking through their lawyer Mr. Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem of the Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative (PRAI), the suspects requested an order directing their detention unconditional.

They further prayed seeking an order of perpetual injunction stopping the government from any form of interfering with their fundamental rights.

Respondents enlisted include the Attorney-General of the Federation, the Controller-General of the Correctional Service, and the Inspector-General of Police, the National Security Adviser (NSA).

The suing detainees are also seeking an order directing the Federal Government to compensate them with the sum of N303million covering their unconstitutional arrest and unlawful detention.

PRAI who filed the fundamental rights enforcement suit on behalf of the suspects argued that their continued stay in custody since July 2009 was illegal.

According to the gathered report by Scannews24, the suspects are presently in Kirikiri Maximum and Medium Custodial Centres after being moved to Lagos in March 2011 for awaiting trial.

The suit which will be heard on Monday before Mohammed Liman additionally pointed out that they were denied access to both their families and lawyers.

In the suit with number FHC/L/CS/166/2021, PRAI noted that their detention without due arraignment and trial by a competent court of jurisdiction constitutes infringement/violation of freedom of personal liberty and remains unlawful and unconstitutional.

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