Fifty civil servants in Niger State have dragged the former Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu to a Minna High Court demanding N100million in compensation and general damages over the unlawful and illegal seizure and sale of their motorcycles which they said amounted to violation of their fundamental human rights.
The applicants in a suit filed at High Court 4 dated 12/5/2015 and filed on 25/5/2015 by their counsel, Barrister Adegoke Omoloja of Cosmic Chambers, Abuja prayed the court for a declaration that the seizure and the subsequent sale of the applicants motorcycles by the former governor, Aliyu through his Commissioner of Works was illegal, null and void and constituted violation of their fundamental human rights as enshrined in the constitution.
The applicants also prayed the court for an order awarding compensation of one million naira in favour of each applicant against the respondents and another N50million as general damages.
In a 60 paragraph affidavit in support of the case deposed to by one Ndagi Mohammed, the applicants said that the arrest, seizure and sale of their motorcycles brought untold hardship and difficulties to their families especially in getting to places of work, taking children to school and taking their wives to places of work or maternity checks.
“Some of us bought the motorcycles through cooperatives (as can be seen on purchase receipts attached) on loan which they still deduct from our salaries monthly”, he said.
He stated that the then governor acted as prosecutor, judge, jury and auctioneer, which was a direct violation of “our right to fair hearing”, adding that our freedom to movement and right to liberty has been violated by the restriction placed on motorcycles by the first respondent, Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu.
The case has been fixed for 29/6/2015 for hearing.

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