Nigerian Court Rules Against Secret Police DSS, AGIP Over Illegal Detention Of Bayelsa Youth Activist, Awards N300Million In Damages


The Bayelsa State High Court has ruled against the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NOAC) for the unlawful detention of youth activist Collins Opumie and awarded him N300 million in damages. Opumie, who was held for over two years, accused the DSS and NAOC of abduction, physical and mental torture, and denial of medical attention.

Presiding Judge Justice Ebiyon Duke Charlie declared the detention illegal and granted Opumie compensation. Opumie’s lawyer, Ebipreye K.V. Sese Esq., hailed the judgment as a victory for justice, emphasizing the judiciary’s role as the hope of the common man.

Opumie expressed satisfaction with the ruling, despite his rights being violated, and thanked supporters for standing by him. He accused the DSS of acting on behalf of NAOC, alleging false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

Opumie had filed a lawsuit against his illegal detention, seeking N9 billion in damages and asserting gross violations of his fundamental rights. The court had previously cautioned the DSS against using delay tactics to frustrate the case.

The judgment underscores the importance of upholding individuals’ rights and holding authorities accountable for unlawful actions. It highlights the judiciary’s crucial role in safeguarding citizens’ rights and ensuring justice is served.


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