- The Department of State Services (DSS) is being dragged to court by a PDP chieftain, Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu
- Nwaogwugwu is seeking to enforce his fundamental rights against the DSS as he is currently in their custody
- Until his arrest, Comrade Nwaogwugwu was the director-general, Imo PDP new media directorate
The Federal High Court Owerri Division will on Monday, June 15 hear an application by Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu seeking to enforce his fundamental rights against the Department of State Services (DSS).
The suit filed by his team of attorneys led by Chief Mike Ahamba SAN is seeking among other prayers, a declaration that the continued detention of Comrade Ambrose Nwaogwugwu from Thursday, May 28 till date is unlawful, wrongful, unconstitutional and a flagrant breach of his fundamental rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of Nigeria.
The suit is also seeking an injunction restraining the DSS from continued harassment, arrest, intimidation and detention of Comrade Nwaogwugwu, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain.
The suit further demands the DSS to tender a published apology to Comrade Nwaogwugwu in any national daily and payment of the sum of N50million as punitive and compensatory damages to Comrade Nwaogwugwu for the unlawful infringement and breach of his fundamental rights.
Until his arrest, Comrade Nwaogwugwu was the director-general, Imo PDP new media directorate.
The Imo state DSS invited and detained Comrade Nwaogwugwu last month.
The PDP chieftain was said to have made some social media posts targeting the government of Governor Hope Uzodinma of the APC.
His arrest and detention had sparked outrage in the state leading to social media campaigns with the hashtag #FreeAmbrose.
In a recent statement, the Imo state chapter of the PDP said it had uncovered plots by the DSS to secretly arraign and remand Comrade Nwaogwugwu in prison.
“The plans to label Comrade Nwaogwugwu with terrorism charges in order to secure a remand order was foiled by Counsels to Nwaogwugwu who objected to the arraignment of Nwaogwugwu over alleged terrorism act.
“With the charges read and plea taken, the defence counsel made an application for bail, which the Director of Public Prosecutions objected to.
“After exchange of arguments, the court adjourned the matter for ruling on the decision to grant Comrade Nwaogwugwu bail. The Defendant was however returned to the DSS detention facility until the adjourned date, June 19, 2020,” a statement signed by Ogubundu Nwadike, acting publicity secretary of the party revealed.
Meanwhile, the inspector-general of police and the director-general of the DSS have been ordered not to take action against spokesman of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP), Ikenga Ugochinyere.
The order was recently issued by Justice Othman Musa of the Federal Capital Territory High Court.
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