Onyike sues Umahi, Security chiefs and others over Banishment Threat

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Former Commissioner of Information in Ebonyi State, Chief Abia Onyike, on Friday dragged Governor David Umahi, the security chiefs in the state and others to the Federal High Court holding at Abakaliki.

He is seeking an order of injunction restraining the respondents from “arresting, re-arresting, detaining, torturing, molesting, harassing, disgracing, humiliating, ostracizing and or banishing” him or doing anything whatsoever that will “adversely affect his fundamental right to dignity of the human person, personal liberty, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, right to private and family life and freedom from discrimination as enshrined and guaranteed under the relevant provisions of Chapter IV of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and other enabling laws in that behalf.”

He also demands award of N20 million, “being damages against the respondents jointly and or severally for the bodily, mental, emotional, psychological trauma, social embarrassment, humiliation and ridicule suffered by the applicant as a result of the illegally, unlawfully and unconstitutionally plot, plan and attempt by the respondents to arrest, re-arrest and detain the applicant without charge or trial or otherwise humiliate, ostracize and or banish from his community, local government area or state.”

Joined in the suit are Ebonyi State’s Director, State Security Service, Commissioner of Police; Mr. Augustine Umahi; and HRH. Eze-Ogo Charles Azuenya.

The application dated 3rd July 2020 and signed by applicants’ lawyers, Nduka M. Ozoaka Esq; C.E. Udegbunam, Esq; I.U. Ozoaka, Esq; James Nwatarali, Esq; and Max Ozoaka & co.; is a follow up to Onyike’s recent allegation that he was being harassed by Umahi’s aides for being a member of All Progressives Congress (APC) and for criticizing Umahi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state government.

The former commission cried out after Umahi’s order, on Thursday, June 11, 2020, in a live broadcast in Ebonyi State, that security agencies should isolate and quarantine Onyike who he said was a suspected COVID-19 patient.

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