Ex-Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode; and human right activist, Yinka Odumakin, have sued the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), The State Security Service (SSS) and the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for N20m over attempts made to apprehend them.
In addition to that, Femi Fani-Kayode and Yinka Odumakin also asked the Federal High Court in Abuja to restrain the Department of State Services from detaining them in a move that comes just before 24 hours after the Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC) vowed to invite and maybe prosecute them for breaching the Cyber Crime Act.
The duo of Femi Fani-Kayode and Yinka Odumakin, who is the spokesman for the pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, previously alleged that the Economic Financial and Crimes Commission (EFCC) had surrounded the home of the Chief Justice of Nigeria known to be Justice Walter Onnoghen, who is presently facing prosecution for alleged corruption.
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The former Aviation minister and human right activist instituted the fresh court action marked FHC/ABJ/CS/49/2019 before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Thursday.
In the new case filed on their behalf by one Chukwuma-Chukwu Ume (SAN), the plaintiffs asked the Federal High Court to rule that the respondents’ public declaration to arrest them with the charge of spreading false rumours is an infringement on their fundamental rights as enshrined in Section 34(a) 35(1) (4) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution in Nigeria.
Femi Fani-Kayode and Yinka Odumakin are also seeking for an order to restrain the respondents, their privies, and their agents from inviting, detaining or arresting the applicants for any reason without following the due and adequate process of the law.
Also, in order that the respondents pay the sum of N20,000,000 as damages for the unlawful threat to arrest the applicants which are the former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode and a national right activist in Yinka Odumakin.
Below are the lawsuits filed: