Mrs Yusuf Bichi Magaji, wife of the Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) has been dragged to court for ordering the detention of her tailors, Agnes Ikrishi Ejim and Hadiza Usman, over alleged missing head ties.
Ikrish and Hadiza, who are blood sisters in separate suits filed on their behalf by their counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN) before the Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, challenged the invasion of their private residence by DSS operatives on Sunday 5th May, 2019 on the instruction of the secret agency’s boss’ wife.
The fashion designers, who live together at a residence in Asokoro, explained that it happened that Mrs. Magaji on February 22, 2019 brought 12 pieces of fabrics to them for sewing and promised to pick it up upon her return to the country from medical treatment abroad.
They said trouble started on her return when she came for the clothes on April 9, 2019 and on delivery checked it and expressed her satisfaction in their presence.
But after a week, she called to complain about three missing head ties, threatening fire and brimstone if not produced by the women and subsequently made good her threat on the same day precisely Sunday May 5, 2019.
The DSS boss’ wife, the tailors alleged, led masked DSS officials to their house, beat up the security men at their gate.
They claimed that they were dragged half nude and beaten with hard objects resulting in injuries, while Hadiza was detained in the DSS facility without court order from May 5 to 7.
In the application by their counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), the applicants contend that the action of Mrs Magaji, the DSS, the DG DSS, and the DSS Director in the FCT violated Sections 33 (1)(2) (A) & (B), 34 (1)(A) And 35 (1)(4) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 and articles 5, 6 & 14 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification And Enforcement) Act Cap A9 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
They are separately demanding the sum of N500 million as damages. No date has been fixed for hearing.