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Breaking news: Ecowas court fines Nigeria govt 1 million naira for frivolous adjournment in a case filed by one love foundation and enslaved #glory okolie

 

Glory Okolie, a 21-year-old young woman arrested by operatives of the Inspector-General of Police’s Intelligence Response Team (IRT) from Imo State in a filed lawsuit against the Nigerian government at the ECOWAS Community Court of Justice in Abuja over her unlawful detention. 

 The police had arrested Okolie for allegedly being friends with a suspected member of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB). She was later transferred to Abuja, despite efforts by her family members to secure his release. 

 After more than 100 days in detention, the police, in one bogus statement sometime in july 2021, said she was arrested for alleged membership of IPOB and for working with one Benjamin Uzoma Emojiri to attack officers and stations in Imo. 

Her detention stirred public outcry as many Nigerians, including civil society organisations, have called for her release. In the suit filed on August 24th 2021,glory Okolie asked the court to mandate the Nigerian government to pay the sum of N100 billion as “general and punitive” damages for “infringing” on her fundamental human rights. Alongside other reliefs, which include and are below:

A. A DECLARATION of this honourable court , that the act of the Respondent in 

detaining the 1ST applicant from the 13th June 2021 till date ,without an order 

of any court permitting same, is a violation of the 1ST Applicant’s right to fair 

hearing and Personal Liberty as enshrined in articles 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of the 

African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and 

Enforcement) Act Chapter A9 LFN, 2004.

B. A DECLARATION of this honourable court , that the act of the Respondent in 

detaining the 1ST applicant from the 13th June 2021,and beyond 71 (seventy 

one) days till date ,without an order of any court permitting same, is a 

violation of the 1ST Applicant’s right to fair hearing and Personal Liberty as 

enshrined in articles 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of the African Charter on Human and 

Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Chapter A9 LFN, 2004

C.A DECLARATION that the beating/slapping, Torturing, physical assault and 

verbal/vulgar abuse of the Applicant by the 1st Respondent and the 

respondents igp irt officers, without the applicant commiting any crime known 

to law whatsoever, is illegal, unconstitutional and amounts to a violation of the 

1st Applicant’s right to fair hearing and Personal Liberty as enshrined in 

articles 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights 

(Ratification and Enforcement) Act Chapter A9 LFN, 2004.

D. A DECLARATION that the usage of the Applicant by the respondent igp irt 

officers by sexually assaulting the 1st applicant,usage of the 1st applicant to 

wash the respondent officers clothes and usage of the applicant to cook for 

the respondents igp irt officers ,even when the applicant was in the illegal 

custody of the respondent, and without the applicant commiting any crime 

known to law whatsoever, is illegal, unconstitutional and amounts to a 

violation of the Applicant’s right to fair hearing and Personal Liberty as 

enshrined in Section 35 & 36 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of 

Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) and articles 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 of the African 

Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act 

Chapter A9 LFN, 2004.

E. AN ORDER of this Honourable Court restraining the Respondent to desist 

from engaging in untoward, violent and irrational conducts against the 1st 

Applicant.

F. AN Order of this honourable court ,granting bail to the 1st applicant on 

liberal terms to wit :unconditionally and conditionally pending the 

time,the respondent deem it fit, to charge the 1st applicant to court in 

this regard. .

G. AN ORDER of this Honourable Court mandating the Respondent to pay the 

1st Applicant the sum of N100,000,000,000.00 (One Hundred billion Naira) as 

general and punitive damages separately for infringing on the rights of the 1st 

applicant.

H. AN ORDER of this Honourable Court mandating the Respondent to pay the 

1st Applicant the sum of N50,000,000.00 (Fifty Million Naira) as punitive 

damages for its recklessness,bias, malice, failure to perform its statutory duty 

when the Respondents officers within his knowledge, wholly infringed on the 

fundamental rights of the 1st Applicant in this regard.

I. AND FOR SUCH FURTHER ORDERS as this Honourable Court may deem fit.

Moreso the hearing of the case,  which was held by physical and external proceedings at Ecowas court  today in Ghana. As Renowed Abuja based lawyer, samuel ihensekhien jnr,who appeared for all the applicants including glory okolie at the ecowas court, which sat today at accra, ghana being 28th march 2022 , urged the court to proceed for hearing as the fg of Nigeria has not filed anything. Reacting a certain Mr oladeji o esq, who appeared for Nigeria fg and agf instead requested for an adjournment of this case to a latter date on the ground that the agf needs two week to file there defense. Responding Ihensekhien Samuel jnr, noted that the agf and fg are treating the ecowas courts with disdain, as the same fg of Nigeria, is prosecuting a baseless charge at federal high court against glory okolie on this same case and hence cannot be requesting for time to provide evidence in this case after service of the initiating application on the Nigeria fg. The ecowas court in upholding the arguments of glory okolie counsel, then asked the fg lawyer on the status of glory okolie criminal case at Nigeria federal high court, which the fg of Nigeria noted that is true and there in the ecowas court fined Nigeria fg for 1million naira and adjourned the case till 24th April 2022.

Reacting the president of one love foundation, Chief patrick eholor who was physically present in court, described the hearing of this case as timely and will in a nutshell seek redress for this girl and other nigerians, whose rights have been continiously violated in Nigeria. He stated that the case will be prosecuted to its logical conclusion and thank the ecowas courts for awarding a fine of 1million against Nigeria fg ,which shall be paid forthwith by Nigeria fg.

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