Olukoya Ogungbeje, a Legal Practitioner, has filed a N10 billion fundamental human rights law suit against President Muhammadu Buhari, the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, and 10 others, over the October 20, 2020, shootings of peaceful EndSARS protesters, at the Lekki toll gate, in Lagos,
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 toll gate, was illegal, unlawful, undemocratic, oppressive, wicked, and unconstitutional”.
Ogungbeje further asked the court to compel the Defendants to “immediately pay N10 billion compensation to all the victims of the mindless shooting and brutal killing at Lekki toll gate”.
According to him, the unleashing of brutal force and shooting at the peaceful protesters, were a violation 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”.
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 toll gate, on the 20th of October 2020”.
Others joined as Defendants in the suit are the Federal Government, the Nigerian Army, Chief of Defence Staff, Inspector-General of Police, Nigeria Police Force, State Security Service, Director-General, SSS, Lagos State Government, Attorney-General of Lagos State, and the Attorney-General of the Federation.
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