A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Department of State Services (DSS), to release five persons arrested at the Dunamis International Gospel Centre headquarters in Lugbe, while wearing T-shirts with ‘BuhariMustGo’ inscriptions.
The activists; Ben Manasseh, Anene Udoka, Henry Nwodo, Samuel Larry and Samuel Gabriel, were arrested at the church on July 4, 2021, during a Sunday service in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
Justice Anwuli Chikere, on Monday, while ruling on an ex parte application, issued an injunction that the DSS should immediately release the detainees before the next adjourned date of August 2, 2021.
In the fundamental rights enforcement suit filed on their behalf by their lawyer, Tope Temokun, the defendants are seeking an order of court against the DSS DG, President Muhammadu Buhari, the church’s pastor-in-charge, Paul Enenche, and Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) for alleged unlawful arrest and detention.
The detainees, who are associates of Omoyele Sowore, convener of #RevolutionNow, are further demanding the sum of N10 million each in damages, for the violation of their fundamental rights.
According to the lawyer, his clients’ rights are guaranteed under sections 35, 38, 39, and 42 of 1999 Constitution (as amended) and under Articles 1, 2, 6, 8 and 9 of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights Ratification and Enforcement.