Lawyer files N10bn right suit against Buhari, others

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A lawyer, Olukoya Ogungbeje, has filed a fundamental rights suit of N10billion against the President, Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant Gen. Tukur Buratai, and 10 others over the Lekki toll gate shootings.

In the suit before the Federal High Court in Lagos, Ogungbeje urged the court to declare that “the brutal shooting and killing and use of brute force against unarmed, defenceless and peaceful protesters/Nigerian citizens engaging in the #ENDSARS peaceful protest on October 20, 2020, at the Lekki tollgate was illegal, unlawful, undemocratic, oppressive, wicked and unconstitutional.”

He also wants the court to compel the defendants to “immediately pay N10bn compensation to all the victims of the mindless shooting and brutal killing at Lekki tollgate.”

Alongside this, Ogungbeje urged the court to make an order “compelling the immediate prosecution of all the culpable security agents, soldiers and persons directly or indirectly or remotely involved in the dastardly shooting and killing of unarmed, defenceless and peaceful protesters/victims of the #ENDSARS peaceful protests at the Lekki Tollgate on the 20th of October 2020.”

Ogungbeje made it known that the unpleasant incident of Tuesday 20/10/20 night was a breach of the protesters’ constitutional “right to life, fair hearing, right to peaceful assembly and association guaranteed under sections 33, 36, 38, 39 and 40 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.”

Recall that it was reported that men of the Nigerian army had fired shots at #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki toll gate in Lagos state, the accusation the Nigerian Army has denied.

President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari
President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari

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