Federal High Court, Abuja, has ordered the Department of State Service, DSS, the Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Solomon Dalung, to pay the sum of N20 million to the special assistant to the Senate president on youth matters, Mr Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, as a penalty for his illegal arrest and detention.
The court presided over by Justice J. T. Tsoho also ordered the DSS and the minister to tender unreserved apologies to the youth leader in two national dailies for what he described as unconstitutional detention of Mr Ugochinyere.
The ruling was in pursuant of section 34, 35(1) 36, 40 of the 1999 constitution.
The president of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, NYCN, had in a case FHC (ABJ) (CS) 342/2016 insisted that his arrest and detention by DSS for about a month was a violation of his fundamental human right.
Meanwhile, the youth leader has alleged fresh plot by the DSS to re-arrest him with a trump up charge of unavailable offence against him.
But the court in a ruling barred the DSS or similar agency from arresting or detaining the youth leader.
The judge declared the arrest and detention of Ikenga as unlawful, unconstitutional, oppressive, malicious and a gross violation of Ikenga’s freedom of movements; the Honourable Judge went further to order Minister Solomon Dalung and DSS to tender public apology to Ikenga in two National Dailies .
Justice Tsoho in his order also restrained DSS from further arresting Barr. Ikenga or preventing him in the discharge of his duties as President of National Youth Council of Nigeria or any other manner infringing on his fundamental right.
However, information reaching Barr Ikenga’s Lawyers s that the Department of State Services (DSS) has perfected plans to arrest the aide of the Senate President and charge him with a trumped up charge of non-bailable offence to remand him in prison for allegedly refusing to be silent in the political travails of the Senate President. Ikenga’s Lawyers therefore urge the DSS to obey the rule of law by abiding by the judgment of a competent court of Law rather than being used as instruments to settle political goals.

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