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Breaking news: Ecowas court set to hear case seeking for 100billion naira damages against Fg 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 her 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 24, 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 .ADECLARATION 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 in a hearing notice served by Ecowas court on the legal representative of one love foundation and one of glory okolie lawyer, samuel ihensekhien jnr. The ecowas court ,which shall be sitting at accra ghana,will on 28th march 2022 now hear the case of the enslaved glory okolie in this regard. 

Reacting the president of one love foundation, Chief patrick eholor 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.

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