The Inspector-General of Police and the Director General of the Department of State Services have been dragged before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, over alleged unlawful killing and harassment of Shi’ite members on peaceful religious practice.
The suit filed by a 25 years old man, Mr. Suleiman Sadi, was marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/1147/2021.
Others sued in the suit dated and filed on October 4 are; Nigerian Army, Nigerian Airforce, Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and Attorney General of Federation (AGF) as 3rd to 6th defendants respectively.
The suit filed by Plaintiff’s Lawyer, Mr. Bala Dakum, stated that the procession carried out on September 27 and 28 were conducted peacefully, until the security agents’ attack them without provocation.
According to the affidavit in support of the suit, plaintiffs claimed that security forces had warned them against carrying on with the religious activities, even when it was absolutely peaceful.
Among the reliefs sought by the plaintiff are a declare that ‘by virtue of Section 38(1), 40 and 42(1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), he and other Nigerian Shi’ite Muslims are guaranteed freedom to peacefully assemble, associate and practise their religion in public in any part of Nigeria, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.