123 men from Jigawa sue Lagos state, demand ₦1bn

The Lagos state government has been sued for unlawful detention by the 123 men from Jigawa State who were detained by the Lagos State Task force on Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit) on Monday.

The men are demanding N1 billion for illegal detention.

The men who were coming from Jigawa State were intercepted along Moshalashi Road, Agege alongside 48 motorcycles in a truck, but were later released after investigation.

They however went to court Monday to allege illegal detention in suit filed by Abdullahi Yakubu on behalf of himself and the other men before the Federal High Court, Lagos demanding N1bn reparation from the state government for profiling and detaining them.

Other respondents include the Lagos State Commissioner of Police and the Chairman of the task force, Mr. Yinka Egbeyemi, as well as the Attorney-General of Lagos State.

In the suit with number FHC/L/CS/1519/19, the 123 men demanded the payment of N1bn as damages.The 123 men represented by Mr. Abba Hikima and other lawyers, also prayed the court to mandate the respondents to release their seized motorcycles numbering 48, the truck conveying them, their wears and any other goods belonging to them in custody.

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