A Federal High Court sitting in Asaba, Delta State, has ordered Lawal Duara’s Department of State Services, DSS, to pay N250,000 damages and tender an unreserved apology to the son of the South-South Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Mr Tareri Avwomakpa, over his illegal arrest and unlawful by DSS operatives in February.
DSS operatives had in February arrested and detained Tareri over an alleged message sent through Whatsapp (social platform), calling on Christians in Nigeria to support and accompany the General Overseer, Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman to honour the invitation by the DSS at its head office in Abuja over the cleric’s comments on Southern Kaduna killings.
Justice T.B. Adegoke gave the ruling on Tuesday in a suit numbered FHC/ASB/CS/14/2017 filed by Tareri, a Warri-based legal practitioner against the Director-General, Department of State Services and the Delta State Director, DSS.
The court also ordered DSS authorities to write a formal letter of apology to Tareri for abusing his constitutional human rights.
Tareri on Thursday dedicated the judgment to Nigerians who had been killed, maimed and were currently suffering oppression for being Christians across the country.