Court orders DSS to release 5 arrested in Dunamis Church

The High Court Abuja, has ordered Department of State Services, (DSS) to release five worshipers who were arrested at Dunamis International Gospel Centre July 4 for allegedly wearing t-shirts with inciting inscriptions.


applicants, Ben Manasseh, Anene Udoka, Henry Nwodo, Samuel Larry and Samuel Gabriel, filed their separate suits at the High Court, Abuja.

Justice Anwuli Chikere gave order separate ex parte applications filled their behalf by their lawyer, Mr Tope Temokun.

Justice Chikere ordered DSS should release applicants with immediate effect.

They had sued DSS, President Muhammadu Buhari, church’s pastor-in-charge, Pastor Paul Enenche and others for alleged unlawful arrest and detention.

plaintiffs, who urged court to declare their arrest and detention unlawful, also asked court to award N10 million, each, in damages, for the violation of their fundamental rights.

suits are marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/631/2021, FHC/ABJ/CS/636/2021, FHC/ABJ/CS/637/2021, FHC/ABJ/CS/638/2021, and FHC/ABJ/CS/639/2021.

Temokun had argued in separate suits that his clients were entitled to fundamental right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, right to freedom of expression and the press, right to freedom from discrimination and right to personal liberty.

According to him, the rights are guaranteed under Sections 35, 38, 39 and 42 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and under Articles 1, 2, 6, 8 and 9 of the African Charter Human and People’s Rights Ratification and Enforcement.

Other defendants include the Director- of the DSS, Mr Yusuf Bichi and the Attorney- of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN).

The matter has been adjourned until Aug. 2 for hearing.(NAN)