Igbo Deportees Drag Lagos State Government To Court, demand ₦1b.

The 76 destitute people, who were deported by the Lagos State Government and dumped on the Upper Iweka Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State on July 24, 2013, have dragged the Lagos State Government to a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos.

 7 of the deportees - Joseph Aniebonam, Osondu Mbuto, Osondu Agwu, Nnenna Ogbonna, Emily Okoroariri, Friday Ndukwe and Onyeka Ugwu filed the N1billion suit because the applicants, on behalf of the 76 others, while the Attorney-General of Lagos State and the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State would be the respondents.

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The victims want the court to declare that their deportation from Lagos State of Nigeria to Anambra State of Nigeria on July 24, amounted to a major violation of their rights and a breach of the provisions of the 1999 Constitution, as amended.

To declare which they, as Nigerian citizens are eligible to the enjoyment of their fundamental rights, that their arrest and detention in several camps, Oshodi rehabilitation centre, police cells and prisons, within Lagos State for no offence known to law and without trial and conviction with a court of competent jurisdiction, amounted to a critical breach of their rights as provided for in the relevant parts of the constitution, adding that such an action was illegal, null, void and unlawful.

They noted that the court should mandate the first respondent to re-absorb and accommodate the applicants within Lagos State of Nigeria since they are Nigerian citizens and are eligible to reside in any part of Nigeria, including Lagos State and stop them from further deportation.

The victims also want the respondents to tender a written apology in their mind by publishing the apology in the following newspapers: THISDAY, Vanguard and Daily Sun continuously for 30 days, from the date of the first publication, for unlawful and gross violation of their constitutional rights.

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