The alleged mastermind of the April 14 bomb blast that killed over
75 persons and wounded 100 others at a crowded motor park in Nyanya
Abuja, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, Thursday, prayed the Federal High Court in
Abuja to compel the Federal Government to pay him the sum of N100million
Ogwuche insisted that his continued detention in the custody of the
Department of State Security, DSS, amounted to a gross abuse of his
fundamental human rights as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution.
He contended that the Federal Government, having breached his
constitutional rights, ought to be compelled by the court to pay damages
Besides, he prayed the court to order his immediate release from
detention pending whenever the government is ready to conduct his trial.
He relied on Order 2, Rule (1),(2),(3) of the Fundamental
Enforcement Procedure Rule and Sections 34,35,36,37 and 42 of the 1999
Constitution to seek for an enforcement of his fundamental human right.
Though he initially cited the DSS and the Attorney General of the
Federation, AGF as respondents in the suit, he however applied for the
court to strike out the name of the AGF, an application that was
Alleging that he was illegally arrested,
Ogwuche, through his lawyer Raji, SAN, argued that it was based on the
request of the Federal Government that the Interpol placed a red alert
on him consequent upon which he was apprehended in Sudan and extradited
Raji further drew the attention of the court to the fact
that the charge upon which Ogwuche was arrested and detained had been
struck out for lack of diligent prosecution.
He added that the charge was the foundation of the extradition order which led to the arrest of the applicant.
Raji insisted that FG ought to have concluded its investigations before requesting for the extradition order.
He argued that it was illegal for the DSS to still retain the accused
person in its custody without arranging him over the commission of any
act of criminality.
Beside arguing that the ex parte order gotten
by the DSS to detain the applicant for 90 days was a miscarriage of
justice, Raji, stressed that section 27 of the Terrorism Prevention Act
could not override the provisions Section 35 of the Constitution which
he said preserved the right to liberty of every citizen.
He therefore prayed the court to compel the DSS to release Ogwuche
conditionally or unconditionally, admit him to administrative bail or
arraign him within 48 hours.
Meantime, trial Justice Ademola Adeniyi has fixed today to hear the
response of counsel to the DSS Mr. Clifford Osagie to the application.
It will be recalled that the court earlier struck out a three-count
charge that was filed against Ogwuche by the Police for want of
The case was terminated following bickering between the Police and the DSS over which of them should conduct the trial.
Though the DSS insisted that the initial charge by the police was
only meant to expedite the process that led to the successful
extradition of the accused to Nigeria, however, since then, it is yet to
file any charge against him.
Ogwuche was in the charge that was struck out, alleged to have
conspired with others (at large), to commit an act of terrorism by
detonating improvised explosive devices at Nyanya Motor Park, which
resulted in the death of 75 persons and injuring over a hundred other
Count two of the charge reads, “That you, Aminu Sadiq Ogwuche, Male,
and others now at large, on the 14th of April, 2014 at Nyanya, FCT,
Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did facilitate
the activities of persons engaged in an act of terrorism; by detonating
improvised explosive devices at the Nyanya motor park which resulted in
the death of 75 persons and injuring over a hundred other persons.”
The alleged offences were said to be punishable under sections 1 (2)
(d) and 17 of the Terrorism Prevention Amendment Act of 2013.