Navy, DIA Indicts DSS Over Lagos-based Hotelier Detained Since January

Navy, DIA Indicts DSS Over Lagos-based Hotelier Detained Since January

Tuesday, June 11, 2019 2:47 pm


A Federal High Court, Abuja, was  informed by the Nigeria Navy and Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA) that a Lagos-based hotelier, Mr. Saibu Ogunmola, whom the court had directed them to produce before it is in custody of Department of State Security (DSS).


Ogunmola, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of Peace and Love International Hotel, Igbo Eseyore, Snake island, Lagos, has been in detention since January 17, 2019, after he was arrested by the men of Nigeria Navy.


Following the refusal of the Navy to arraign him before any court, after being detained for over 90 days, his lawyer, McAnthony Aikharialea, approached the court for an order for his release.


It would be recalled that Justice Lilian Ijeoma Ojukwu, had on April 17, while grant an exparte application filed by the hotelier’s lawyer, ordered the respondents in the  marked FHC/ABJ/CS/287/2019, has Nigeria Have, Chief of Naval Staff, Commander, NNS Beecroft, Apapa, Lagos and the Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), as respondents, to appear before her with the hotelier and show cause why they refused to arraigned him.



Only DIA filed a counter-affidavit to the application.


DIA through its counsel, C. O. Abodunde, had told the court that the Nigeria Navy, after the order had since came to move the applicant from their custody with a concluded arrangement to hand him over to prosecuting government agency.


In the same vain, Nigeria Navy, through its counter-affidavit filed and argued before the court by its lawyer, Anthony Ebeh and deposed to by Lieutenant Commodore Richard Iyinbo, also told the court that the applicant is not in its custody, adding that since its not a prosecuting agency, it has handed him over to the Nigeria Navy for further investigation and possible prosecution.


However, at the resumed hearing of the matter, the hotelier lawyer, Mr. Aikharialea, while moving his application to join DSS in the suit, asked the court for a declaration that the arrest and detention of his client by all the respondents is a violation of his fundamental rights sections 35, 41 and 41 of the Constitution of the Federal republic of 1999.


He also asked the court for an order restraining all the respondents from further arresting, detaining or any other manner of infringing upon the fundamental human rights of his client and an order compelling the respondents from whether by themselves or their officers, agents, privies to forthwith release his client.


The lawyer also asker the court for an order of N2.5 million as general damages for breach of client’s fundamental human rights.


Upon moving the to join the DSS in the suit, the DIA’s counsel about the whereabout of the hotelier, the lawyer informed the court that he is in the custody of DSS adding that DSS normally prosecute for the Nigeria Navy.


Following the revelation made by counsel to DIA, the lawyer to the hotelier told the court that DSS supposed to be an impetus to have either file a charges against his client and arraign or join in the ongoing suit but unfortunately, the lawyer said that was not the case.



Aikharialea while urging the court to grant the application for joining the DSS in the suit said, the fundamental question is what the agency aiming at by keeping an alleged that investigation have been concluded on.


Upon hearing of the submissions of the applicant, Nigeria Navy and DIA, Justice Ojukwu, granted the joining of the DSS in the suit, while adjourned till June 13, for further hearing.


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