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Published On: Mon, Sep 29th, 2014

Detention: Apologise to el-Rufa’i, court orders SSS

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  • Ex-Minister to get N2m as damages

By Doyin Ojosipe

A Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra state, has ordered the State Security Service (SSS)  to apologize to a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nasir El-Rufa’i, and to pay him N2 million in damages for unlawful detention.

A statement issued by the media aide to the former FCT Minister, Muyiwa Adekeye, said yesterday.

El- Rufa’i was on November 15 and 16, 2013, arrested and detained at the Finotel, in Awka, during the last Anambra governorship elections.

Dissatisfied with his treatment, and believing that the conduct of the SSS had no basis in law, Mr. El-Rufa’i approached the court for redress.

The case, which with Suit No: FHC/AWK/CS/310/13, had the SSS and the Attorney-General of the Federation as respondents.

Delivering judgment in Awka yesterday, Justice Ibrahim Bature Gafai held that the SSS has no statutory powers under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, or under any Nigerian law, to detain El-Rufa’i without showing cause to a court of competent jurisdiction.

The judge consequently ordered the SSS to publish an apology in two national dailies for the unlawful and unconstitutional violation of his liberty.

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