THE Government of Lagos State has been sued for one billion naira for alleged violation of right following last weekend’s detention of 123 men from Jigawa state.
The men, all from the northern part of Nigeria, were searched, detained and questioned after the truck in which they were traveling was intercepted on Friday by the Lagos State Taskforce on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences.
According to a suit filled at the Federal High Court, Lagos on Monday, the men are demanding N1bn as damages from the state government for violating their right to move freely throughout Nigeria as guaranteed by section 41 of the Constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
The applicants are also asking the court to declare their detention in the absence of prima facie incriminating evidence as violation of their right to personal liberty protected by section 35 of the Constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).
Not only that, the 123 men demanded ‘’unreserved public apology’’ from the Lagos State Government in addition to a request that 48 motorcycles seized from the men be released by the respondents.
Other respondents include the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, the state’s Attorney-General and the Chairman of the task force, Yinka Egbeyemi.