IPOB: 21-year-old girl drags IGP, Malami, others to court, demands N1bn

IPOB: 21-year-old girl drags IGP, Malami, others to court
Malami

The Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, amongst others have been dragged to court by a 21-year old.

iBrandTV gathered that Glory Okolie, has been in detention since June 17 over her alleged relationship with members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Eastern Security Network, ESN.

Commander of IGP’s Intelligence Response Team, Tunji Disu,  was also cited by the Defendants in the suit she filed before a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja.

IPOB: 21-year-old girl drags IGP, Malami, others to court
Usman Baba

The Applicant, in her fundamental right enforcement suit, is demanding her immediate and unconditional release from detention, as well as, and order, mandating the Respondents to pay her N1billion as general and punitive cost for infringing on her rights.

In a supporting affidavit that was attached to the suit, the court was told that the Applicant was on June 13, found to be missing, after she went to run an errand in Imo state and never returned home.

“That from the 17th June 2021, the family members started making all frantic search of the 1st applicant in hospitals, churches, and mosque, all to no avail.

“That the family members, in search of the 1st Applicant actually approached the Owerri command of Nigeria Police Force, who charged the uncle of the 1st Applicant, the sum of N50,000,00 to track vide telephone tracking, the last known address of the 1st applicant.

“That the phone tracking above showed that the 1st Applicant was detained by the respondent IGP IRT officers at their Owerri Tiger base unit of the respondent, and when the uncle approached this office, the respondent Owerri Tiger base unit denied ever arresting the 1st applicant, nor was she in their custody.

“That not till the end of June 2021, that a certain Izuchukwu Okeke, having just been released from the Respondents unit Owerri Tiger base cell, informed the family and uncle of the 1st Applicant, that the 1st Applicant was in custody of Respondents at Owerri unit cell, and in the said cell, she was cooking for the IGP IRT police officers, washing clothes for them and sometimes that therein the Respondent’s Owerri command unit officers occasionally take turns to abuse the Applicant sexually.

“That afterward the Respondent officers then demanded monetary commitment from the uncle of the 1st Applicant, for the release on bail of the 1st Applicant, wherein the 1st Applicant uncle thereafter in cash and POS bank transactions actually advanced to the Respondents IGP IRT officers in Owerri Tiger base unit, different financial sums in this regard.

“Copies of this aforementioned POS transactions are marked as annexures herein.”

The court was told that the 21-year-old student was subsequently transferred to Abuja, despite spirited efforts by her parents to secure her release.

Specifically, the Applicant is seeking;
“A declaration of this honourable court, that the act of the Respondent in detaining the 1st applicant from the 13th June 2021 till date, without an order of any court permitting same, is a violation of the 1st Applicant’s right to fair hearing and Personal Liberty as enshrined in articles 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Chapter A9 LFN, 2004,” the court document read.

“A declaration of this honourable court, that the act of the Respondent in detaining the 1ST applicant from the 13th June 2021,and beyond 71 (seventy one) days till date ,without an order of any court permitting same, is a violation of the 1ST Applicant’s right to fair hearing and Personal Liberty as enshrined in articles 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Chapter A9 LFN, 2004

“A declaration that the beating/slapping, torturing, physical assault and verbal/vulgar abuse of the Applicant by the 1st Respondent and the respondents igp irt officers, without the applicant committing any crime known to law whatsoever, is illegal, unconstitutional and amounts to a violation of the 1st Applicant’s right to fair hearing and Personal Liberty as enshrined in articles 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Chapter A9 LFN, 2004.

“A declaration that the usage of the Applicant by the respondent IGP IRT officers by sexually assaulting the 1st applicant, usage of the 1st applicant to wash the respondent officers clothes and usage of the applicant to cook for the respondents IGP IRT officers ,even when the applicant was in the illegal custody of the respondent, and without the applicant committing any crime known to law whatsoever, is illegal, unconstitutional and amounts to a violation of the Applicant’s right to fair hearing and Personal Liberty as enshrined in Section 35 & 36 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and articles 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Chapter A9 LFN, 2004.

“An order of this Honourable Court restraining the Respondent to desist from engaging in untoward, violent and irrational conducts against the 1st Applicant.

“An order of this honourable court, granting bail to the 1st applicant on liberal terms to wit: unconditionally and conditionally pending the time the respondent deem it fit, to charge the 1st applicant to court in this regard.

“An order of this Honourable Court mandating the Respondent to pay the 1st Applicant the sum of N100,000,000,000.00 (One Hundred Billion Naira) as general and punitive damages separately for infringing on the rights of the 1st applicant.

As well as, “An order of this Honourable Court mandating the Respondent to pay the 1st Applicant the sum of N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira) as punitive damages for its recklessness, bias, malice, failure to perform its statutory duty when the Respondents officers within his knowledge, wholly infringed on the fundamental rights of the 1st Applicant in this regard.”

It will be recalled that Police had in a statement it issued after Miss Okolie’s alleged illegal detention gained public attention, claimed that she was arrested in connection to attacks on security formations and critical national infrastructures in the South-East, which led to the death of security operatives.

Police alleged that she was an “intermediate person who receives cash, drugs and weapons on behalf of IPOB/ESN and delivers same to their commanders in their camps.”

Several human right groups, including the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, and Amnesty International, have since demanded her unconditional release from detention.

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