The Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, under the supreme leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu Tuesday, secured another landmark victory as Enugu State High Court delivered judgment in favour of Mr. Chuks Egwuatu’s family against the State Security Service (DSS)
This was made known by the Lead Counsel of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and the Indigenous People of Biafra IPOB, Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor Esq.
According to Barrister Ejiofor, the ruling was on the Judgment in suit No: E/37/2022 BETWEEN EGWUATU STEPHEN (SUING THROUGH HIS LEGAL REPRESENTATIVE EGWUATU CHUKWUKA) V STATE SECURITY SERVICE.
It would be recalled that on the 8th day of November 2021, Idara Gold was arrested alongside the younger siblings of Mazi Egwuatu Chuks, amongst whom was his 12years old brother- Egwuatu Stephen.
Barrister Ifeanyi Ejiofor who commended the indefatigable spirit of his team, also thanked all the genuine members of the Indigenous People of Biafra for their unwavering determination and support.
He further reassured them of victory while restating the commitment to making sure that all those being unlawfully detained, get the deserved justice and are released unconditionally.
His words: “Even though the young boy Stephen was released on the 11th day of November 2021, we knew that it was imperative that the State Security Service (SSS), are held accountable for the period he was unjustly detained. Consequently, on the 28th January 2022, we commenced a fundamental rights enforcement action before the Enugu State High Court on behalf of Egwuatu Stephen, in Suit No: E/37/2022.
“Today, the 4th day of July, 2023, the Honourable Court Per Justice C.O. Ajah, delivered judgment in the said Suit. The court held that the arrest and detention of Egwuatu Stephen from the 8th Day of November to the 9th Day of November 2021, before obtaining an order from the court to detain him, is unlawful.
“The court consequently awarded the sum of 5 million nairas only as damages against the State Security Service.
“The court further directed the State Security Service (DSS) to tender a public apology to Egwuatu Stephen in one National daily or radio station.
“I immensely appreciate the hard work and commitment of my Colleagues in Chambers, who worked assiduously, while braving all the attendant risks, to ensure that this victory was secured.
“Be rest assured UmuChineke, that we are doing everything within our powers and legally permissible, to ensure that all those being unlawfully detained, get the deserved justice and are released unconditionally.”