Former Assistant Director of State Security Service, SSS, Abba Kaka Mohammed, has dragged the Director-General of the agency, Lawal Daura, to Abuja Division of Federal High Court over alleged detention without trial.

Mohammed was arrested and detained on July 17, 2017 by the SSS for alleged close ties to acting Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Mr. Ibrahim Magu, and has neither been released nor charged to court.

Consequently, his lawyers, Femi Falana Chambers on August 25, 2017, approached the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court for fundamental rights enforcement proceeding against the SSS and Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN.

They sought following reliefs: ”A declaration that the detention of the applicant in Abuja by the first respondent in their detention facility since July 17, 2017, till date without being charged to court for a known offence is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates the applicant’s fundamental rights to personal liberty, dignity of person and fair hearing as enshrined in section 34, 35 and 36 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Articles 5, 6 and 7 of the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (CAP A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

”A declaration that the detention of the applicant at Abuja by the first respondent without access to his medical doctors, drugs, family and lawyers, since July 17, 2017 till date is illegal and unconstitutional as it violates the applicant’s fundamental rights to health, freedom of association as enshrined in Section 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and Article 11 of the African Charter on Human Rights and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act (CAP A10) Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

”An order of this honourable court directing the immediate and unconditional release of the applicant from custody of the first respondent forthwith.”

The SSS could not be reached for comments as the agency is yet to appoint a spokesman.

Also, spokesperson for the AGF, Saliu Isa, did not respond to requests for comments.’

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