Rae

THE PARTIES
The Applicant, Alimu Akeem, is a soldier in the Nigerian Army. He is a member
of the 72 Para Battalion of the Nigerian Army, Makurdi, in Benue State. At the
time the proceedings were instituted, he was attached to General Victor Malu
(rtd.), as a security detail. He is represented by Sola Egbeyinka as Lawyer and

by Falana & Falana’s Chambers as Counsel.
The Defendant
Zi.

is the Federal Government

of Nigeria, represented

by Mr. GF.

PROCEDURE
By Application registered at the Registry of the Court on 6 February 2009,
Alimu Akeem, through his counsel, Sola Egbeyinka Esq., lawyer registered with
the

Nigerian

against the

Bar Association,
Republic

of Nigeria,

brought

his case

before

the

for arbitrary arrest since

Court
13

complaining

November

constituting violation of Articles 5 ana 6 of the African Charter on Human
Peoples’ Rights.

2006,

and

He sought the following orders from the Court:
A declaration that the detention of the Plaintiff since 13
November 2006 is illegal and inconsistent with the Constitution of
the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in that it violates the Plaintiff's
fundamental
rights to human
dignity and
personal
liberty
guaranteea by Section 35 of the Constitution of the Federal
Republic of Nigeria and Article 6 of the African Charter on Human
and Peoples’ Rights;

j

A declaration that the physical torture inflicted on the Plaintiff in
the military custody of 72 Para Battalion of the Nigerian Army,
Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria by the agents of the Defendant Is
illegal and inconsistent with the Constitution of thre Federal
Republic of Nigeria in that it violates the Plaintiff's fundamental
right to personal liberty guaranteed
by Section 34 of the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and Article 5 of the
African Charter on Human ano Peoples’ Rights;

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