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LEKKI TOLL GATE: RESIDENTS SUE LAGOS GOVT, POLICE, LCC, OTHERS OVER ALLEGED BEATING

By NBF News

By INNOCENT ANABA
LAGOS - Lekki residents have asked a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, to declare that the beating, shooting of live bullets and tear gas canisters and brutalisation of the residents of the Lekki-Epe axis and journalists at their gathering and rally at Admiralty Roundabout, Admiralty Circle Toll Plaza and Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos State on December 17, 2011, by the police and agents of the Lagos State Government constitutes a flagrant violation of their (residents) fundamental rights guaranteed under 1999 constitution and the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

The residents are also claiming N1billion as special, aggravated, punitive and general damages against the respondents, jointly and severally for their violation of the fundamental rights of the applicant, journalists and other residents of the Lekki-Epe axis.

Respondents in the suit are Lekki Concession Company Limited, LCC, Lagos State Government, Inspector-General of Police, Chief Sup of Police Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos Police Commissioner, African Development Bank and Mr Joseph Tihngang.

Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, a lawyer, who filed the suit in his personal capacity, also wants the court to declare that the arrest of journalists and residents of the Lekki-Epe axis at  Admiralty Circle Plaza, Admiralty Round About and Admiralty Way, Lekki, Lagos on December 17, 2011, by respondents, their agents, servants, officers or otherwise howsoever in Lagos and Abuja respectively, at the instigation, prompting and direction of LCC and Lagos Government, constitutes a flagrant violation of their fundamental rights.

guaranteed under the 1999 constitution and African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights.

He is also praying the court to restraining the respondents, whether by themselves, their servants, agents, officers or otherwise howsoever from violating or further violating the fundamental rights of the applicant, journalists and other residents of the Lekki-Epe axis through unlawful invasion, arrest and detention.