CHAIRMAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE NDLEA & ORS
V.
UMEH & ANOR

(2018) JELR 39094 (SC)    

Supreme Court  ·  SC.280/2015 ·  18 May 2018 ·  Nigeria
CORAM
IBRAHIM TANKO MUHAMMAD Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria OLUKAYODE ARIWOOLA Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria KUMAI BAYANG AKA'AHS Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria AMINA ADAMU AUGIE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria PAUL ADAMU GALINJE Justice of The Supreme Court of Nigeria
Core Terms Beta
appeal
appellants
counsel
1st respondent
preliminary objection
court of appeal
constitution of the federal republic of nigeria
court of appeal rules
lower court
notice of appeal
rules
4th respondents
amended notice of appeal
following cases
fundamental rights of the applicant
grounds of appeal
issues
national committee
financial crimes
learned counsel
registrar of the federal high court
seizure of the applicant
trial court
10th day of april
amended grounds of appeal
amina adamu augie
cell of the 2nd respondent
court order
court processes
enforcement of his fundamental rights
following reliefs
fundamental rights
further appeal
issue no.1
judgment of the trial court
juristic persons
leading judgment
learned trial judge
name of the 1st appellant
ndlea office aba
notice of discontinuance of the appeal
notice of preliminary objection
oral arguments
order of injunction
request of the 1st respondent
rules of professional conduct
said notice
second issue
submission of the learned counsel

KUMAI BAYANG AKA'AHS, J.S.C. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The suit leading to this appeal originated as an application by Mr. Christian Umeh (now respondent) for the enforcement of his fundamental rights brought pursuant to the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 1979 in which he claimed the following reliefs:-

(i) A declaration that the arrest, detention and seizure of the Applicant's ECOWAS passport by the 2nd to 4th Respondents at the request of the 1st respondent between the 10th day of April, 2002 and 21 day of May, 2002 of the cell of the 2nd respondent in Ogbor-Hill, Aba is illegal, otiose and misuse of government power since the 2nd to 4th respondents are not debt recovering agency and consequently an infraction on the fundamental rights of the applicant as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights.

(ii) A declaration that the seizure of the Applicant's goods valued at 4.2 million …

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