Founder of Sotitobire Files Human Rights Suits Against SSS, Demands N100m Compensation Over Detention

The Founder of Sotitobire Prayer University, located in Oshinle Quarters, Akure, Ondo State capital, Pastor Alfa Babatunde, has filed a suit against the State Security Service (SSS).

The cleric whose church was recently burnt to the ground by some angry youths filed the suit at the Federal High Court sitting in Akure over his arrest and detention by the agency which he said were illegal and infringement of his fundamental human rights.

It could be recalled that his church was burnt down by some angry youths following the alleged discovery of a grave where one-year-old boy, Gold Kolawole, who was declared missing a week ago was found.

Kolawole has been missing after attending the church’s Sunday service in November with his mother and the mother had been calling for help from several quarters to help her locate her child.

Three persons including two Police officers lost their lives over the mob action which also led to the destruction of properties valued at millions.

In a suit filed by his counsel, Yemi Omoware, the pastor, who was alleged to have been detained by the Secret Police over the past few days, is seeking an order of the court to release him from the custody of the security agency.

He listed respondents in the suit as the State Security Service, Director-General State Security Service, Emmanuel Anaobi, Isaac Babalola, and Remi Oluwalogbon.

He is, therefore, requesting an order directing/compelling his release unconditionally from the custody of the respondents.

The suit is seeking for order ”enforcing the fundamental rights of the applicant to liberty and dignity of the human person which rights were violated by the respondents.”

He is also praying that the court restrains the respondents, their agents, servants, subordinates and or any person(s) taking instructions from them whatsoever/ whosoever from engaging in any further acts of arrest, detention, and violation of his right to liberty and or dignity of the human person.

In the suit, Alfa Babatunde seeks “A N100 million as aggravated damages against the respondents jointly and severally for the violation of the fundamental rights of the applicant.

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