Mr Maxwell Opara, one of the lawyers defending the leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Nnamdi Kanu, has filed a fundamental right enforcement suit against the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Opara, in the suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1018/2021, alleged that he was on Aug. 30 subjected to various degrading treatments when he visited Kanu in a DSS facility.
The counsel, who also listed the DSS as the 2nd Respondent in the suit, is praying the court to award him N50 million as compensation for the infringement on his fundamental right to dignity.
Opara is also praying the court for an order of perpetual injunction restraining the two respondents and their representatives from further disturbing or interfering with his right to dignity.
He also wants the court to restrain the two respondents from interfering with his liberty and freedom of movement by any further harassment, intimidation and humiliation during his routine visits to their detention facility to see his client.
The lawyer is equally demanding a written apology from the respondents to be published in two national dailies for the unwarranted infringement of his fundamental rights.
He further prayed for an order directing the respondents to jointly and severally pay the N50 million he was asking for.
Opara maintained that the action, which the DSS took against him, amounted to a gross violation of his right to dignity, as guaranteed under Sections 34 of the 1999 Constitution.
He said that it also violated Article 5 of the African Charter on Human and People Rights (Ratification and enforcement) Act Cap A9 Vol. 1 LFN.
He alleged that when he visited the DSS facility to see Kanu, he was forced to remove his medicated eye glasses, wedding ring, belt, jacket and shoes.
Opara said that in complying with the order of the DSS operatives, he became shabbily dressed, harassed, intimidated and humiliated.
He said that the action amounted to a gross violation his right to dignity.