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Insecurity: Court urged to compel Buhari to sack Service Chiefs

The Federal High Court in Abuja has been asked to among others compel President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the nation’s Service Chiefs over their inability to curb the rising wave of insecurity.

The request is contained in a suit, marked: FHC/ABJ/CS/625/2020 filed by a former governorship candidate in Adamawa State, Alhaji Said Lawal Uba, who claimed to have sued on behalf of victims of insecurity in the Northern part of the country.

The plaintiff also wants the court to compel the Federal Government (FG) to pay N100billion in damages to victims.

Respondents in the suit are the President of Nigeria, the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), National Assembly, Senate President, Chief of Army Staff, Chief of Naval Staff, Chief of Air Staff and the Inspector General of Police (IGP).

In a supporting affidavit, Uba stated that thousands of Nigerians have been killed, maimed and injured as a result of the defendant’s inability to ensure the safety of lives and properties of the victims as guaranteed by the Constitution.

He added that another hundreds of thousands of Nigerian citizens have been displaced from their ancestral homes in the Northern region due to acts of terrorism and banditry occasioned by the inability of the respondents to give effect to the constitutional provisions.

Uba wants the court to declare that the respondents have failed in their responsibility to protect the lives and properties of Nigerian citizens which led to the deprivation of lives and indiscriminate destruction of properties in the country.

He also wants the court to declare that the rights of the citizen to movement as enshrined in Section 37of the Constitution, has been hampered due to the failure of the respondents to adequately address the insecurity challenges in almost every part of the country thereby restricting free movement.

The plaintiff is equally praying the court to declare that the continuing bombing of the citizens’ properties particularly in the northern part of the country without curbing or putting an end by the respondents is a gross violation of the rights of citizens to own properties.

He seeks an order directing each of the respondents to tender a written apology to the him in three major national dailies within seven days of the granting of the order.

Justice Okon Abang, before whom the case is pending, has adjourned it till March 18, 2021 for hearing.

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