Detention: Woman sues DSS, Lebanese, demands N350m damages

Cajetan Mmuta

woman, Miss Odegua Okojie, has taken operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) and a Lebanese businessman to court for detaining her for nine days.

She is asking for N350 million damages.

In suit number FHC/B/cs/120/2019, filed at the Federal High Court, Benin, Edo State capital, Okojie claimed that during the detention, her rights were violated as she was denied access to her lawyer and family members. She added that her mobile phones were seized.

The woman is suing the DSS Director-General (DG), Director, Edo State Command of the DSS and Charles Makhoul, a Lebanese businessman.

Okojie disclosed that she was first taken into DSS’s facility in Benin before she was whisked to Abuja without anyone bothering to explain her offence.

She said: “In the night, I was taken into custody and my two-year-old daughter cried. My daughter wandered about all through the night before she was rescued from the roadside by her school teacher who came to pick her to school. At the DSS facility in Abuja, under video recording, I was forced to accept N6 million as compensation for the atrocities melted on me by the Lebanese businessman whom I had lived with as a minor to my adult age.”

Okojie explained that her illegal detention from July 9 to 16, 2019, was not only an infringement on her fundamental human rights, but also unlawful and unconstitutional.

She subsequently demanded for N300 million as compensation and damages over the violation of her fundamental rights by the 1st and 3rd respondents.

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