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South African slams N500m suit on NAHCO, others over seized passport

BY ONOZURE DANIA

LAGOS — A N500 million suit has been instituted against the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc, NAHCO Aviance, and three others as general damages for an alleged unlawful seizure and holding of the international passport belonging to a South African, Mr. Carl De Beer, owing to alleged contractual breach.

In a fundamental rights enforcement procedure filed against the company and some of its officials, the plaintiff, De beer, asked the court to declare that the alleged seizure of his passport by the respondents without any justification was illegal, unconstitutional and a violation of his rights to freedom of movement and rights to own property.

Joined as defendants in the suit are Mr. Kayode T. Oluwasegun-Ojo, Mr. Nobert Bieldermann and Mr. Bimbo Oladele.

Parts of the relief sought by the applicant are that the court should declare the seizure of his international passport by the defendants, which has made it difficult for him to get to work and feed his family, as a violation of his right to life.

Subsequently, the applicant asked the court to grant an order directing the defendants to release his forcefully seized international passport, and ask them to tender an unreserved apology to him in four national newspapers for depression, psychological torture, degrading, inhuman treatment, hunger, deprivation of right to secure any job and suffering undergone in the hands of security operatives, who have arrested him severally for being an illegal immigrant due to the seizure of his passport.

He also prayed the court to order the payment of N500million to him as general damages arising out of the alleged unlawful act and breach of his right to the dignity of human person.


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