The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has adjourned till June 21 to hear a Fundamental Rights enforcement suit filed by Muhhamad Abba, a medical practitioner and consultant to the World Health Organization against the Federal Government. Justice Binta Nyako fixed the date for hearing of the case on its merit and to enable counsels in the suit complete all their necessary court processes.
In the affidavit deposed before the court, the plaintiff was allegedly arrested by a combined team of Army and Police personnel in Yobe state on October 22, 2012 after a stop and search operation was conducted in a vehicle he boarded. He is asking the Court to declare his 4-year detention as illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and infringement on his fundamental rights to personal liberty.
The detained medical doctor is also praying the court to declare that his continued detention in an unknown location without any lawful court order constituted torture and a breach of section 33, of the 1999 constitution. At the end of the court sitting, journalists made effort to get the reaction of the counsels on the matter but it was not successful as they declined to speak.
Apart from 500 million naira damages, the plaintiff through his lawyers is also asking the court to make an order directing the security agencies to produce him before the court or grant him unconditional release.