An Abuja High Court has ordered the federal government to pay the sum of N10 million as compensation to nine suspected members of the outlawed Islamic sect, Boko Haram for detaining them illegally.
They are Abimel Ibrahim, Isah Kano, Yambali Umaru, Danga Wilfred, Jimmy Oba, Ilita Mark, Sadebo Ali Amatig, Michael Manu and Yakubu Douglas.
The court also ordered that the applicants should be released from detention and should not be rearrested or detained on the same facts.
Justice Peter Affen, in his judgment, found merit in an application for an order of the enforcement of fundamental rights of the nine applicants.
The judge declared that the detention and torture of the applicants in Abuja, since May 2012 by agents of the federal government without bringing them to court for arraignment was unlawful, unconstitutional and a violation of the applicantsâ€™ fundamental right to dignity of human person and personal liberty.
According to him, the act of detention and torture in the instance case violates sections 34 and 35 of the 1999 Constitution of as amended as well as articles 5 and 6 of the African Charter on Human and Peoplesâ€™ Rights.
â€œThe respondents shall forthwith release the applicants from detention and they shall not be rearrested or detained on the same facts disclosed in the present application save and except upon the orders of a superior court of record.
â€œThe respondents shall pay to the applicants the sum of N10million as compensation for the gross violation of the applicantsâ€™ fundamental right to personal liberty as enshrined and guaranteed under section 35(1) of the 1999 constitution. I assess the costs of this application at N50,000 in favour of the applicants and against the respondents,â€ the judge stated.
The applicants through their lawyer, Wuyep, had asked the court to declare that their arrest, detention and torture by the agents of government without trial and without an order of court first sought and obtained was unlawful, unconstitutional and a gross violation of their rights.