By Joe Ebi
A single mother, Ms Odegua Okojie, has dragged the Department of State Services (DSS) to court for illegal detention, claiming that she was detained for nine days first at the security outfit facility in Benin and later in Abuja.
Okojie who demanded N300m as compensation from the security outfit, added that during the nine days, she was denied access to her lawyer and family members and her telephone was also seized.
She, through her counsel, also prayed the court to award her N50 million as exemplary damages for the unlawful and unwarranted infraction on her rights.
In a suit No. FHC/B/cs/120/2019, filed by her counsel, Mr T. A. Akakhomen before Justice M. G. Umar of Federal High Court Benin on Thursday, Jan. 16, are the Director General, DSS, Director, Edo State command of the DSS and Charles Makhoul, a Lebanese business man as the first, second and third respondents respectively.
The single mother disclosed that at the DSS facility in Abuja, under video recording, she was forced to accept the sum of N6 million as compensation for the atrocities melted on her by the Lebanese businessman whom she had lived with as a minor to her adult age.
She said the illegal detention from July 9 to 16, 2019, was not only an infringement on her fundamental human rights, but also unlawful and unconstitutional.
Counsel to the 3rd respondents, however, filed two applications
for extension of time to enable him file a counter affidavit to the one filed by the applicant.
The applications were granted by Umar after counsel to the applicant, Mr T. A. Akakhomen, but counsel to the 1st and 2nd respondents, Mrs O. A. Odigwe did not object to the applications.
Similarly, Akahomen and Odigwe also had their respective applications on the matter granted them by the judge.
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