Court orders immediate release of another IPOB member, fines DSS N5 million



- A Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state has ordered the
immediate release of Bright Chimezie, a member of the Indigenous
People of Biafra
- Chimezie was arrested and detained by the Department of State
Service (DSS) on October 14, 2016
- The court also ruled that the DSS pay a compensation fine of N5
million to the detained IPOB member
A Federal High Court sitting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state has ordered the
immediate release of Bright Chimezie, a member of the Indigenous People
of Biafra arrested and detained by the Department of State Service (DSS).
The court also ruled that the DSS pay a compensation fine of N5 million to
the detained IPOB member.
On Wednesday, May 24, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu while ruling on a
fundamental human rights suit filed by Ifeanyi Ejiofor, counsel to
Chimezie, said the DSS must within 48 hours release the IPOB member
who was arrested on October 14, 2016, by the DSS.
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The suit against the DSS was ruled on by the court after Ejiofor moved his
substantive application and his extensive oral argument on law.
The judge also declared illegal and unconstitutional the prolonged
detention of Chimezie by the secret police.
The court also ruled that the DSS pay a compensation fine of
N5 million to the detained IPOB member.
Justice Ojukwu said Chimezie detention is a gross violation of his
constitutionally guaranteed rights to freedom of liberty, dignity and human
person.
The judge also ordered the DSS to pay the sum of N5 million to Bright
Chimezie as compensation for the gross violation of his fundamental rights.

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