Rights Violation: Gashash Vs Nigerian Army, 3 Others, Court Adjourn Case to April 2

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By: Mayen Etim

KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – A Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna, before Justice Zainab Abubakar in a suit no: FHC/ KD/CS/5/2020 has on Monday adjourned for ruling till April 2nd 2020, on a case between a Kaduna business man and son of First Republic Minister, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gashash, the Nigerian Army and three others.

The Applicant, Musa Gashash, had earlier approached the said court over what he described as human right infringement against the Nigerian Army, the Chief of Army Staff (COAS), the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 1 Division and the Director General of the State Security Services for illegal and unlawful arrest.

In his prayers, Gashash’s Counsel, Umar Magaji, stated that the arrest and detention of the applicant by the respondents beyond the period prescribed by the 1999 constitution is illegal.

It would be recalled, about 20 of the 1 Division Nigerian Army, Kaduna on January 1, 2020 invaded the house of the businessman in Kakuri, without search warrant and whisked him away.

He was however released after Justice Zainab Abubakar, granted an application filed by his Counsel, directing the Nigerian Army and the SSS to release him with immediate effect.

At the first hearing of the case on Tuesday, 11th February, the case was adjourned to enable the applicant file affidavit removing the 4th respondent (DG SSS), from the trial since they had already been served with the court summons,
after counsel to the applicant had notified the court of the intention to remove the DG SSS from the case.

In his argument, Umar Magaji insisted to continue the case with the 4th respondent.

After the submissions of the both counsels, the Presiding Judge, Justice Zainab Abubakar, adjourned the case to 2nd April, 2020 for ruling.

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