The detainees of Hezbollah Terror Cell has filed a law suit before the Federal High Court Abuja demanding for N50bn compensation from the State Security Service, Director-General of SSS, Ekpeyong Ita, and the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke (SAN) for their unlawful arrest and detention without trial.
It can be recalled that an armoury base and Hezbolla terror cell uncovered in Bompai Kano, led to the arrest of Mustapha Fawaz,the co-owner of Amigo Supermarket and three other Lebanese – Abdalah Tahini, Talal Rouda and Khosai Nouridine. They have asked the court to stop the respondents from extraditing them except by a procedure permitted by law.
In the application for the enforcement of their fundamental rights, the applicants asked the court to declare their arrest and continued detention without trial by the SSS as “illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect whatsoever.”
They implored the court pass an order directing their release and a perpetual injunction restraining the respondents whether by themselves or their deputations from arresting or continued detention without trial except the law so permit.
The motion was in pursuant to Sections 35 and 36 of the 1999 Constitution, Articles 6 and 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act. The applicants have requested for the unsealing of the Amigo supermarket and Wonderland that had been sealed few days after the arrest as this was seen as was an arbitrary and cruel violation of the rights to ownership of property and participation in the minor sector of the economy as stipulated by the 1999 Constitution and African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
According to their lawyer Bamidele Aturu, “they needed access to lawyers, members of their families and doctors within 48 hours in accordance with their rights under both Nigerian and international law” and his client had been deprived of that right.
The applicants had also demanded a public apology by the respondents in three national newspapers for the violation of their rights.