Ikeja Computer Village: Court fixes Nov. 19 to hear suit challenging imposition of levies

A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Tuesday, adjourned until Nov. 19, to hear a suit challenging the imposition of levies in the Ikeja Computer Village.

The Fundamental Rights suit marked FHC/L/CS/1568/19 is filed by one Prince Ochokwu Obieze through his lawyer, Mr Ikechukwu Chiaha.

Joined as first to fourth respondents are: The Inspector General of Police, Commissioner of Police Lagos Police Command, Area Commander Area F Command, and one IPO Jennifer.

Also joined as fifth to seventh respondent are: one Mr Tony, Mrs Bisiola Azeez, (Iyaloja) and Mr Adeniyi Olasoji (Babaloja).

Applicant is seeking a declaration, that the incessant molestation, threat to kill, harrasement and detention of the applicant by the first to fourth respondent at the instance of the fifth to seventh respondent is ilegal.

The case could not proceed on Tuesday as the court did not sit.

A new date Nov. 19 has now been fixed for hearing of the suit.

In the originating motion, applicant is seeking a declaration that the forceful invasion of his business premises at the Computer Village Ikeja, on Aug. 8, by tugs following his refusal to pay “unjustifiable levies” made by the fifth to seventh respondent, is unlawful and illegal.

He wants a declaration that his beating, harassment, and intimidation in the market place by the fifth to seventh respondent in company of their tugs, due to his refusal to accede to an illegal levy in the computer village. is unlawful.

Applicant also seeks a declaration that the inhumane treatment metted on him during his dentention by agents of the first to fourth respondent at the instance of the fifth to seventh respondent, is a flagrsnt violation of his fundamental rights.

He, therefore, seeks an order of perpetual injunction, restraining the respondents, from further infringing or violating his rights.

He seeks an order, restraining the respondent from further forcefully and exploitatively demanding payment of the said levies from the applicant.

Applicant wants an order restraining the respondents from forcing and torturing him to denounce his membership of the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria (CAPDAN).

Besides, the applicant seeks payment of damages in the sum of N25 million agaisnt the respondent for violation of his rights, as well as aggravated and exemplary damages in the sum of N2 million.

He also wants a public apology from the respondent to be published in two National dailies

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