A consultant to Act
Technologies Limited, one
of the firms engaged by
the Independent National
Electoral Commission for
the supply of Card Reader
Machines, Muhammad
Musa, has dragged the
Department of State
Services to court.
Musa, in his fundamental
rights enforcement suit
which he filed before the
Federal High Court in
Abuja, alleged that he was
illegally detained by the
DSS since March 24, 2015.
According to an affidavit
filed in support of his suit,
Musa is being held in DSS
detention along with the
Chief Executive Officer
of the consultant to Act
Technologies Limited.
Musa wants the court to
award N100m damages
against the security
organisation for illegally
detaining him.
He also wants the court
to order his release and
declare his arrest, detention
and continued intimidation
by the respondent (the
DSS) in relation to the
card reader issue, as
illegal, unconstitutional
and a violation of his
fundamental rights.
The suit, FHC/ABJ/
CS/292, was filed on his
behalf on March 27 by his
lawyer, Mahmud Magaji
(SAN).
The plaintiff was said
to have, on March 24,
received a phone call
from the Director General
of the DSS inviting him
to the organisation’s
headquarters in Abuja and
had since been held in
detention upon honouring
the invitation.
He was said to have since
1pm on March 24 been held
without any charge.
Wife of the applicant,
Mrs. Sa’adatu Musa,
deposed to a supporting
affidavit because he was
still being held in the DSS
detention.
The wife said the
respondent’s officials had
refused her access to her
husband since he honoured
the DSS boss’ invitation.
Musa, who is praying
the court to award N100m
as general and exemplary
damages against the DSS
for its unlawful acts, also
seeks an order of perpetual injunction restraining the
respondent and its agents
from engaging in further
harassing, intimidating,
arresting and detaining
him in relation to the card
reader used by INEC.
The case was said to have
been assigned to Justice
Adeniyi Ademola, but has
yet to be fixed for hearing
of the matter


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