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Court dismisses suit against NTDC, others

The Abuja High Court has  dismissed an application brought by one Yusuf Isa Orughu asking the court for an order to enforce and secure the enforcement of his fundamental rights.

Justice Ugochukwu Anthony Ogakwu dismissed the application because the applicant failed to prove that his fundamental rights had been breached, contravened or infringed upon.

Mr. Isa Yusuf had taken to court the Director General, State Security Service, the Attorney General of the Federation and the Director General of Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation for alleged detention and harassment for claiming ownership of a project called “Welcome 2 Nigeria”.

Justice Ogakwu noted that the main complaint of the applicant relates to an alleged breach of copyright and that the alleged breach of fundamental right was only incidental to the main complaint, adding that the main action which is the alleged hijacking of his “Welcome 2 Nigeria” project was not cognizable under the fundamental Rights enforcement procedure.

Justice Ogakwu stated that all the claims by Mr. Yusuf regarding the project “Welcome 2 Nigeria” and breach of his fundamental rights are vague and nebulous.

In all the facts presented, Justice Ogakwu said there was no fact to prove the said Mr. Yusuf’s personal liberty and fair hearing have been infringed adding that facts presented have not dwelt on the particulars of harassment, threat and intimidation as alluded to by the applicant.

“The concomitance of my finding that the applicant has not furnished materials to substantiate the alleged breach of these fundamental rights connotes that the declarations sought must fail” Justice Ogakwu ruled.

The applicant according to the judge, is not entitled to any of the reliefs claimed”, adding, the applicant action is entirely devoid of merit, the same fails and it is hereby dismissed.


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