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Court hears human rights case June 28

Court hears human rights case June 28

UMUAHIA—THE Federal High Court sitting in Umuahia, Abia State, has fixed June 28, 2012, for ruling on an application filed by the Nigerian Army against proceedings in the fundamental human rights matter brought before it by the family of Eze Bernard Enweremadu whose two members are being held by the army for alleged robbery.

Two members of the Enweremadu family, Destiny and Mustard are being held by the Operation Jubilee, the anti-kidnapping outfit in Abia State, for their alleged involvement in robbery.

The family approached the court praying that they be produced in court as there are insinuations that suspects may have been killed by the security operatives.

Their lawyer, Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN, had argued that it was wrong for his clients to be kept by soldiers, saying that “soldiers are not police that keep suspects”, insisting that they be brought to court for their bail.

But when the matter came up last Friday, counsel to Army, Mr. Venatius Odo filed a counter application against the application by the Enweremadu family, explaining that it was made because the army noticed a serious issue in law which could inhibit trial of the matter.

Though Ahamba did not oppose the application, he however kicked against the continued detention of his clients by the army.

According to him, “it is wrong for the army to continue to detain his clients, they are not EFCC, they are not police. We want to know the basis of the army to detain without handing over the police. So soldiers can detain somebody in perpetuity. But one day the court will have opportunity to hear the matter”.

After listening to the application, the trial Justice Garuba Mohammed Umar, adjourned to June 28 for the hearing of the application.


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