According to a report by SaharaReporters, the officers of the Nigeria Police Force have arrested a lawyer, Abubakar Marshall of the Falana & Falana Chambers for filing a lawsuit on behalf of human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore against businessman and former lawmaker, Ned Nwoko, and the security agency.
SaharaReporters gathered that Marshall was traced to his home and forcefully arrested by the security operatives for defending the activist.
The officers accused the lawyer of embarrassing the Nigerian government, police authorities and Nwoko over his action.
Sowore had during the week filed a lawsuit against Nwoko and the Nigeria Police Force over his illegal arrest and detention last Thursday.
The activist was illegally arrested by the police on the Court of Appeal premises on the alleged orders of the former lawmaker over some trumped-up allegations.
Among other things, Sowore also demanded an apology to be published in two reputable national daily newspapers for the violation of his fundamental rights and N200 million as damages for the violation of his rights.
The suit is between Omoyele Sowore and the Nigeria Police Force as the first respondent, the Inspector-General of Police as the second respondent, the Commissioner of Police, Abuja and Ned Munir Nwoko as the third and fourth respondents respectively.
The suit is seeking an order of the court “mandating the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Respondents to issue an apology to the Applicant, to be published in two reputable national daily newspapers” for the violation of his rights.
Among others, he is also seeking an order of the court “directing the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Respondents jointly and severally, to pay to the Applicant, the sum of ₦200, 000,000.00 (Two Hundred Million Naira), only, as general and exemplary damages for the violation” of his fundamental rights.