SEVENTY-SIX Igbo indigenes deported to Anambra State by the Lagos State government are demanding N1 billion damages from Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola’s administration.
In a suit tabled before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, the plaintiffs are asking that their arrest and detention by the agents of Lagos State government amounted to a breach of their constitutional rights.Seven of the deportees sued in representative capacity.
Tagged destitute persons, they were forcibly moved from Lagos State to Upper Iweka Bridge, Onitsha, Anambra State on July 24, 2013.
They were reportedly rounded up at different locations in the state and detained at various camps before the forced transfer.
Respondents in the suit are Lagos State Attorney-General and Commissioner of Police.
The plaintiffs are seeking a declaration that their arrest and detention in various camps within Lagos state for no offence known to law and without trial and conviction by a court of competent jurisdiction, amounted to a serious breach of their rights as provided for in the relevant sections of the constitution.Hearing in the suit has been fixed for January 29, 2014.
The matter has also been assigned to Justice Ofili Ajumogobia.