Date Published: 02/02/11
Wrongful and Unlawful arrest and detention by Immigration Office Abuja
PRESS RELEASE BY DAME CAROL AJIE Legal Practitioner for Edirin Onojeta-Idogun:
NIGERIA IMMIGRATION SERVICES ARRESTS & DETAINS EDIRIN ONOJETA-IDOGUN ON TUESDAY 1 ST FEB. 2011 ON BOARD BRITISH AIRWAYS BA82 ON A BOEING 777 FROM ABUJA INT’L AIRPORT TO LONDON.
At about 8:00am today Tuesday 1 st Feb., 2011, Edirin Onojeta- Idogun born in England on the 10 th March 1993 was with valid travel documents, was arrested and detained by the Nigeria Immigration Officers who gave no reason for his arrest and detention at the Abuja International airport. He was at the immigration desk after the British Airways had checked him in and approved all his valid travel documents when the immigration officers violated his fundamental rights to movement and personal liberty in contravention of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Edirin Onojeta-Idogun is a ward of the High Court of England and Wales by virtue of two court orders issued by Justices Moylan on 11 Nov., 2010 and Justice Theis on 18 Nov., 2010 before his rights were taken by the Nigerian Immigration service without any legal excuse today on his way back to the UK. At the time of writing this statement 5:30PM , he has still been held at the Immigration Headquarters in Abuja against his will and being forced to sign documents not to travel now.
Sgd: Dame Carol Ajie