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Yahaya Bello is ordered by a Nigerian court to reimburse Ajaka N500 million for rights violations




Sahara Tv reports that a Federal High Court in Abuja has decided that Governor Yahaya Bello owes Alhaji Murtala Yakubu Ajaka N500 million as compensation for the infringement of his fundamental rights. Ajaka, the Social Democratic Party’s (SDP) nominee for governor on November 11, 2023, had petitioned the court in an attempt to get remedies and protection.

Justice Inyang Ekwo delivered the judgment on Thursday in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/952/2923, a human rights enforcement application brought by Ajaka against Governor Bello and others. The court not only awarded N500 million in damages but also ordered Governor Bello to issue a public apology to Ajaka, with the apology to be published in both print and electronic media.

The legal battle unfolded as Ajaka, represented by his counsel Mr S.E. Aruwa, SAN, expressed concerns over an alleged plan to arrest him, asserting that his life was in jeopardy. The fundamental rights enforcement suit sought protection for Ajaka’s rights to life, dignity, personal liberty, fair hearing, freedom of expression, peaceful assembly, and freedom of movement.

Justice Ekwo had reserved judgment on September 25 after both parties presented their arguments. Governor Bello’s legal team, led by A.M. Adoyi, had filed a preliminary objection, challenging the court’s jurisdiction, and sought to have the suit dismissed. However, Aruwa countered, emphasizing their application was filed earlier, and they responded comprehensively to the governor’s arguments.

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