Former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore has sued a former House of Representatives member, Ned Nwoko, and the Nigeria Police Force over his illegal arrest and detention. Recall that the online newspaper publisher was arrested at the premises of the Court of Appeal in Abuja last Thursday following a petition written by the former lawmaker. The political activist was, however, released from the office of the former SARS located at Guzape District in the Federal Capital Territory on Thursday night.
Sowore, in a suit filed by his lawyer, Tope Temokun, before the Federal High Court, Abuja, is asking for an apology to be published in two reputable national daily newspapers for the violation of his fundamental rights. The political activist is also demanding N200 million from the defendants as damages for the violation of his human rights. In the suit, the Nigeria Police Force is the first respondent, the Inspector-General of Police is the second respondent, while the Commissioner of Police, Abuja and Ned Munir Nwoko are the third and fourth respondents respectively.
Speaking with reporters on Monday, Temokun said the suit has been filed before the court, condemning the illegal arrest by the Police and the frivolous petition written by Nwoko. He said, “Wẹ have commenced the process of slamming N200million damages fundamental rights enforcement suit in the federal high court Abuja on behalf of Omoyele Sowore against the acclaimed billionaire politician, Hon. Ned Nwoko and the police authorities for the illegal arrest of Omoyele Sowore at the Court of Appeal premises on the 24th of February 2022 and for the improper use of powers by the Nigeria police, to lay siege on the entire Court of Appeal for Omoyele Sowore on the prompting of one billionaire. “Hopefully tomorrow, the court process shall be served on the respondents i.e the Nigeria Police Force, the IG of Police, the Commissioner of Police for FCT and Hon. Ned Nwoko who are respondents. “We need to come together to interrogate the power of money in our policing system. Just a few weeks ago the Hon. Ned Nwoko used the police to arrest Hauwa Saidu Mohammed, àlsò known as Jaruma, for mere social media banters and had her detained for 3 days on the same allegation of defamation as he is alleging against Sowore now. For how long will this continue?”