Outcry Over Unlawful Detention Of of Otunba Adejare Adegbenro by Police

ABUJA – The International Human Rights Commission High Commissioner in Nigeria, Dr. Adejare Adegbenro has challenged his unlawful detention by the Nigerian Police Force’s Special Weapon and Tactics Team (SWAT) is facing legal action for allegedly detaining without charge.

Dr. Adegbenro who is also the acting DG of NATCOM filed a lawsuit against SWAT for human rights violations, stating he was detained without reason and cut off from communication since April 26.

In an affidavit deposed by his Personal Assistant, Simon Midah Ajiya at the High Court of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Adegbenro explained that he was invited by the Police on April 26, 2024 ans upon getting to the force headquarters he was immediately detained for no justification reasons.

Simon said his principal was forced to sleep on the bare floor despite showing evidence of spinal cord injury.

Simon, alleged that, the Police have also denied Adegbenro access to his medications, a development which has led him to develop high blood pressure in detention.

He was however, calling on the court to compel the Police to release his principal so as not to deteriorate his health condition in detention without trial.

Meanwhile, the Coalition of Civil Society Networks, International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) and Egbe Omo Yoruba Parapo have also condemned Dr. Adegbenro’s prolonged detention without charge, highlighting concerns about his whereabouts and lack of contact since April 26.

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