2 Suspects Sue FG, STF For N1bn In Damages

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Two suspects detained at the Military Special Task Force, STF, Headquarters in Jos, Plateau have sued the Federal Government and the task force at the High Court, demanding N1 billion as general damages for alleged breach of their fundamental human rights.

Zakka Dung and Joel Sunday also prayed for an order restricting the Federal Government and the STF, their privies and representatives from further arresting and detaining them for no just cause.

Dung and  Sunday, were allegedly arrested by members of the task force on January 26, while playing football at Sabon-Barki, in Jos South Local Government without been told of their offence and ever since, they have been in the custody of the STF.

On March 5, Justice Daniel Longji, of Plateau State High Court 4 had ordered the STF to release the suspects on bail.

Joined in the suit are the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the federation, Chief of Defence Staff, and the STF Commander.

The suspects, in an originating motion through their counsel, Mr Gyang Zi, had asked the State High Court to for an order to enforce their fundamental human rights.

They alleged that they were subjected to various torture, severe inhuman and degrading treatment as they are being fed only ones a day.

They appealed to court to declare their arrest, assault, torture and detention for over two months now without any just cause, despite a court order granting them bail, illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional.

The suspects also appealed to the court to give an order directing and the respondents to release them from the STF custody or any other custody wheresoever forthwith as well as restraining them from furher arresting and detaining them for no just cause.

The case, which is before Justice S.P. Gang, Barkin Ladi High Court, has been fixed for April 18, 2019 for mention.

However, Justice Daniel Longji, who had granted the suspects bail, said that the suspects had approached the court seeking for bail over a crime or crimes they claimed they did not know nothing about.

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