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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Igbo Deportees sue Lagos State Government for N1Bn and demands apology on National Newspaper for 30 Days

The 76 destitute people, who were
deported by the Lagos State
Government and dumped on the Upper
Iweka Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State
on July 24, 2013, have dragged the
Lagos State Government to a Federal
High Court sitting in Lagos.
7 of the deportees - Joseph
Aniebonam, Osondu Mbuto, Osondu
Agwu, Nnenna Ogbonna, Emily
Okoroariri, Friday Ndukwe and Onyeka
Ugwu filed the N1billion suit as the
applicants, on behalf of the 76 others,
while the Attorney-General of Lagos
State and the Commissioner of Police,
Lagos State are the respondents.
The victims want the court to declare
that their deportation from Lagos State
of Nigeria to Anambra State of Nigeria
on July 24, amounted to a gross
violation of their rights and a breach of
the provisions of the 1999
Constitution, as amended.
To declare that they, as Nigerian
citizens are entitled to the enjoyment of
their fundamental rights, that their
arrest and detention in various camps,
Oshodi rehabilitation centre, police cells
and prisons, within Lagos State for no
offence known to law and without trial
and conviction by a court of competent
jurisdiction, amounted to a serious
breach of their rights as provided for
in the relevant sections of the
constitution, adding that such an action
was illegal, null, void and unlawful.
They noted that the court should
mandate the first respondent to re-
absorb and accommodate the applicants
within Lagos State of Nigeria since they
are Nigerian citizens and are entitled to
reside in any part of Nigeria, including
Lagos State and stop them from
further deportation.
The victims also want the respondents
to tender a written apology to them by
publishing the apology in the following
newspapers: THISDAY, Vanguard and
Daily Sun continuously for 30 days,
from the date of the first publication,
for unlawful and gross violation of their
constitutional rights.

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