A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has fixed the 20th of this month to hear a violation of human rights suit filed against the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
The Judge, Justice Ahmed Mohammed also ordered the service of the court processes on the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami, who is the 3rd defendant in the matter.
In the suit, the Applicant, one Mr. Ernest Ibe, alleged that he was illegally detained by NAPTIP for four days over a complaint that was lodged by his wife, Mrs. Chioma Ibe.
He told the court that he was kept in detention from the 20th to 23rd of last month after he honoured an invitation to report to NAPTIP’s head office in Abuja
The Applicant told the court that although their marriage is blessed with four children, he has had a series of domestic misunderstandings with his wife.
In an interlocutory injunction, Counsel to the Applicant, Mr. Mohammed Nurudeen (SAN), prayed the court to restrain the Respondents from harassing and intimidating his client with arrest or taking his children away for any reason whatsoever pending the determination of this case.
Mr. Nurudeen also urged the court to compel the Respondents to pay the sum of ₦100 million as exemplary and aggravated damages to the Applicant for the violation of his fundamental rights.
The court granted the Applicant the leave to paste a copy of the suit at the residence of the 2nd Defendant at No. 1 William Street, Life Camp, Abuja.
Justice Mohammed further ordered all the parties to maintain the status quo, pending the determination of the suit.