DSS sued for N500m over detention of activist who opposed ‘arrest’ of CBN gov Emefiele


The Department of State Service, or DSS, and its Director General have been brought before a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in connection with the detention of rights activist Meliga Godwin. At a press conference, Godwin criticized the agency for the planned detention of Central Bank Governor Godwin Emefiele.

He was subsequently detained on January 8, 2023, by DSS agents.

The applicant has allegedly been held incommunicado since his arrest and imprisonment, according to one of his attorneys, Mr. Okere Kingdom, who spoke to press in court.

The petitioner asked the court to compel the DSS and its Director General to pay him N500 million in damages and issue a public apology in two national dailies for his wrongful arrest and imprisonment. He also requested that the court order his release from jail.

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