NUJ vs Customs: Court begins hearing tomorrow

A Federal High Court sitting in Lagos will on Monday hear the fundamental rights suit filed by the Lagos State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) against the Comptroller General of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) and eight others over alleged assault on one of its members, Otunba Yomi Olomofe.
The Lagos NUJ had filed the case against the defendants on behalf of the Badagry-based journalist, Otunba Yomi Olomofe for the enforcement of his fundamental rights to life, dignity of the human person and freedom of expression and the press following the severe assault and beating he suffered in hands of the Customs and some hoodlums allegedly hired by the custom officials.
The matter had earlier came up for mention before Justice A. Anka, though none of the defendants was in court nor represented, however, the counsel representing the plaintiff, Adelayo Banjo of Jiti Ogunye chambers informed the court that the defendants are yet to be served on the processes of the case.
Subsequently the court adjourned till February 22 for the hearing of the case while directing that all processes in the case be served on the defendants.
The Lagos NUJ had filed a N500 million criminal suit against NCS, over the brutal assault of Olomofe, at Seme border post of the NCS last year. The NUJ is asking for N500 million as special and exemplary damages for the violation of the applicant’s rights.
The applicant, in the suit, asked the court for a declaration that the beating meted out to him by the defendants, who inflicted bodily and internal injuries on him on June 25, 2015, in the premises of the NCS, Seme, was “capable of infringing on his right to life as guaranteed by Section 33 (1) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.”

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