Rebecca Sharibu, Leah Sharibu's Mother
Leah Sharibu and Mother, Rebecca Sharibu
The mother of Leah Sharibu, the only abducted Dapchi schoolgirl still in the captivity of insurgents, Rebecca Sharibu, has filed a suit of N500 million against the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, over what she termed dereliction of their statutory duties in securing her daughter’s release.
In the suit, the plaintiff sought N500 million as compensation for the indignities and human deprivations, which she said her daughter had sufferer since her abduction in February 2018.
A copy of the suit, dated September 19, 2018 with no FCH/L/cs/1528/18, filed at the Federal High Court of Nigeria Lagos, was made available to newsmen in Jos yesterday.
The reliefs sought were listed as “An order of the Honourable court directing and mandating the defendants to secure the immediate and unconditional release of the plaintiff from the custody of her captors forthwith. An order compelling the defendants to employ every means in securing the plaintiff from the custody of her captors; an order compelling the defendants to pay the plaintiff the sum of N500 million being compensation for the indignities and human deprivations suffered by the plaintiff as a result of the defendants’ dereliction of statutory duties in securing her release from her captors since the month of February, 2018 till date of this action.”
The suit also noted that the defendants might appear by entering appearance personally or by a legal practitioner either by filing the appropriate processes in response at the registry of the court, where the summons was issued, or by sending them to that office by any methods allowed by these rules.
It added that if the defendant did not respond within the stipulated time and at the appropriate place, an order would be made and proceeding taken as the judge might think just and expedient.
Meanwhile, in an affidavit supporting the application, one of the plaintiffs and Executive Director of the US-based Lift-Up-Now Incorporation, Dr Adeniyi Ojutiku, said: “I Dr. Adeniyi Ojutiku, a Nigerian citizen of No. 1316 Shining Water Lane Raleigh, NC 27614, United States of America, do nearby solemly swear and make oath as follows: That I am an executive director of the Lift-Up-Now Incorporation, herein plaintiff’s 3rd next friend and I am by virtue of this position conversant with the facts herein deposed. That I have the full authority of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd plaintiff’s next friends to make this deposition, and the plaintiff’s claim against the defendants is clearly stated in the originating summons filled herein.”
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