Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, has initiated legal proceedings against Lieutenant General Faruk Yahaya, the Chief of Army.
This is in relation to the extra-judicial killing of Inspector Orukpe Monday, a policeman, by armed Nigerian Army personnel in August 2022.
Falana alleges that the incident occurred while the late Inspector Monday was carrying out his official duties at the Trade Fair section of the Lagos-Badagry Expressway area of Lagos State on August 3, 2022.
According to exclusive information obtained by The PUNCH, 10 other Nigerian Army officers have been included as respondents in the lawsuit.
On Thursday, May 25, a lawsuit was filed by Mrs. Favour Monday seeking to enforce her late husband’s basic human rights to life, dignity, privacy, family life, and presumption of innocence.
Mrs. Monday gave birth to four children, namely Divine Monday (15 years old), Emmanuel Monday (12 years old), Praise Monday, and Covenant Monday, who is only one year old.
These children were fathered by the late Inspector Monday.
Falana is stating in the lawsuit that the deceased’s fundamental rights were severely violated based on the evidence presented in the affidavit and the legal argument presented.
Additionally, the SAN is requesting that the court declares the torture and extra-judicial killing of the deceased as illegal and unlawful. Furthermore, Falana is seeking an order from the court for the respondents to pay a sum of N300 million as compensation.