Lawyer stopped from taking pictures at government house by Judge in Enugu

June 22, 2019
139 Views

The quest by an Enugu-based lawyer, Ben Oloko, to enforce his fundamental human rights over the seizure of his mobile phones, detention and verbal attacks by officials of the state government suffered a setback yesterday as the court dismissed his suit.

Oloko, on February, 28, last year, arrested, detained and his phones seized by the Chief Security Officer attached to the Government House, Enugu, for allegedly taking pictures at the Lion Building after a meeting.

Although he had argued that there was no order restraining people from taking pictures at Lion Building and petitioned the Chief of Staff to the governor, requesting that his phones be released, his prayers fell on deaf ears.

He, therefore, sued Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, his Chief Security Officer (CSO) and the Commissioner of Police, Enugu State, demanding a written apology, the release of his seized phones and N200milion as general damages for the embarrassment he suffered.

But ruling on the matter yesterday, Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court, Enugu, stated that the lawyer had no right to take pictures at prohibited places, such as Government House, for security reasons.

He disagreed with the lawyer that his fundamental rights were breached with the seizure of his phones and the alleged verbal attacks he received and awarded N150, 000 against him.

Oloko, while reacting to the judgment, said the Judge failed to cite any precedence to substantiate the claim that “Government House is a prohibited area,” stressing that there was no law to justify the stand.

He vowed to appeal the order, lamenting his phones have remained in the custody of the state government officials since then.

You may be interested

APC North West meet Tinubu over VP candidate nominee
News
2 views
News
2 views

APC North West meet Tinubu over VP candidate nominee

Webby - June 30, 2022

<!-- APC North West Meet Tinubu Over VP Candidate Nominee – Independent Newspaper Nigeria HomeFeaturedAPC North West Meet Tinubu Over…

Gunmen strike at Enugu checkpoint, kill two policemen
News
4 views
News
4 views

Gunmen strike at Enugu checkpoint, kill two policemen

Webby - June 30, 2022

Unknown gunmen Thursday morning struck in the serene Enugu state capital, the Coal City and reportedly shot and killed two…

Military airstrikes neutralise 82 terrorists in Zamfara
News
3 views
News
3 views

Military airstrikes neutralise 82 terrorists in Zamfara

Webby - June 30, 2022

No fewer than 82 terrorists have been killed by the military airstrikes at Rafin Dankura in Bakura Local Government Area…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.