Kassim and Aliyu Abiola have filed N100m suit against the Lagos state commissioner of police for what they termed Illegal Arrest and Detention with the understanding of enforcing their fundamental human right in a competent court of jurisdiction in reaction to men of the Special Anti-robbery squad since September 2
The suit filed on their behalf by chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), alleged that they Kassim and Aliyu Abiola on the instigation of their stepmother, Mrs. Adebisi Abiola, who allegedly suspected them to have had a hand in the recent robbery attack on MKO Abiola’s house in Ikeja, Lagos.
In an affidavit filed in support of the suit, a litigation clerk in Ozekhome’s law firm, Ubong Ikon, said Kassim and Aliyu were picked up at their father’s house, 42-46 MKO Abiola Crescent, Off Toyin Street, Ikeja, at about 11.45am on September 2 by fully armed SARS operatives, who forced their way into their apartments without any warrant of arrest.
Ikon said, “The applicants were tortured, totally humiliated, dehumanized and terrorized, with a crowd of people swarming the premises to witness the ugly scene in the home of MKO Abiola, a former presidential aspirant of the Social Democratic Party.
“The applicants were informed that their arrest was based on an alleged complaint by one Mrs. Adebisi Abiola, their stepmother, to the effect that a robbery incident took place in their home; that suspected armed men invaded the residence and carted away valuables, including money.
“The applicants were forcibly dragged like common criminals, more in form of abduction than arrest and roughly driven to the Ikeja police station, detained without any record, not even any opportunity to speak with anyone.