A Federal High Court in Lagos State has further adjourned until April 8 hearing in a suit challenging the imposition of levies in the Ikeja Computer Village.
The fundamental rights suit, marked FHC/L/CS/1568/19, was filed by one Prince Ochokwu Obieze through his lawyer, Ikechukwu Chiaha.
Joined as first to fourth respondents are: Inspector-General of Police, Commissioner of Police Lagos Police Command, Area Commander Area F Command and one IPO, Jennifer.
Also joined as fifth to seventh respondents are: Tony, Bisiola Azeez, (Iyaloja) and Adeniyi Olasoji (Babaloja).
The applicant is seeking a declaration that the incessant molestation, threat to kill, harassment and his detention by the first to fourth respondent at the instance of the fifth to seventh respondent is illegal.
When the case was called, Chiaha announced appearance for the applicant, but there was no counsel for the defendants.
The court then fixed April 8 to hear the suit.
In the originating motion, the applicant seeks a declaration that the forceful invasion of his business premises at the Computer Village, Ikeja on August 8, 2019 by thugs for refusal to pay “unjustifiable levies” is unlawful and illegal.
He also wants a declaration that his beating, harassment and intimidation in the market place by the fifth to seventh respondents in company of their thugs, due to his refusal to accede to an illegal levy, is unlawful.
The applicant also seeks a declaration that the inhumane treatment meted on him during his detention by agents of the first to fourth respondents at the instance of the fifth to seventh respondents is a flagrant violation of his fundamental rights.
He, therefore, seeks an order of perpetual injunction restraining the respondents from further infringing or violating his rights.
The applicant also seeks an order, restraining the respondent from further “forcefully and exploitatively’’ demanding payment of the said levies from him.
He wants an order restraining the respondents from forcing and torturing him to denounce his membership of the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria.
The applicant seeks payment of damages in the sum of N25 million against the respondent for the violation of his rights as well as aggravated and exemplary damages in the sum of N2 million.
He also wants a public apology from the respondent to be published in two national dailies.