Death of MASSOB members: Uwazuruike obtains court order against arrest

Posted by News Express | 23 August 2014 | 3,505 times

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The embattled leader of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), Chief Ralph Uwazuruike, yesterday obtained court injunction from an Owerri High court restraining the Commissioner Police, Imo State and his agents from carrying out their threat of arresting or declaring him wanted should he fail to honour their summons over the cri­sis rocking the group in which four persons died.

The Imo State police command had on Thursday during press briefing summoned the MASSOB leader to appear before the commissioner within 24 hours to explain his role or involvement in the fracas that had resulted in the death of four members of the group at the Okwe Freedom House, Headquarters, or be declared a wanted person in the state.

However, Chief Ralph Uwauzuruike in his application for an order for the enforcement of his fundamental right, maintained that the police never extended any invitation to him whether orally or written, stating that such action of the police consti­tutes gross violation of his fundamental right to fair hearing as provided under the 1999 Constitution as amended and is there­fore unconstitutional, null and void and of no effect whatever.

In suit No: HOW/ 549/2914 filed against the Commissioner of Police, Imo State, by his lawyer, Barrister Emma Chukwuka, the MASSOB leader is seeking a declaration that the threat by the respondents to declare him wanted when no invitation whatever was given to him, when he has not committed any offense known to law to warrant such declaration constitutes a violation of his rights to liberty as provided under the said constitution and therefore null and void and of no effect whatsoever.

He pleaded for an order to restrain the respondents, and their agents from declaring him wanted as he did not commit any offence warranting the respondents to declare him wanted, and injunction restraining the respondents, either by their servants, agents or privies from any manhunt of him and from further violation of his fundamental rights and from arresting or detaining him when he has not committed any offence known to law pending the deter­mination of the suit.

•Credit: Saturday Sun. Photo shows Uwazuruike.

Source: News Express

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